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Clutch Pedal Not Working

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This morning, pushed in the clutch pedal to start the car and it remained on the floor and did not release the clutch. I am looking at the manual and I am beginning to understand about boost spring, now the pedal stays either in the up or down positions.

It feels as if the pedal is disconnected from the master cylinder as if the pin to the master rod is broken, it did not feel like a hydraulic fail because the pedal snapped to the floor.

In recent days I had to press harder than usual on the pedal to get the switch to allow the car to start.

I am looking at the workshop manual and assuming that the pin to the master rod is broken.

Has this happened before to anyone?



Found a nice puddle of brake fluid under the car at the slave cylinder location. See my next post about which slave cylinder is correct.

Edited by santambrogio
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  • 2 months later...
An update, the metal clutch slave bought at the local parts store did not fit, the bolt does not align due to the tab on the transmission case not being the same shape as the bolt hole tab on the slave cylinder. Returned the part and bought a Sachs original part.

Another concern here, looking this at this and other forums, it could be that the clutch fork arm is cracked allowing the slave cylinder to overextend, breaking the plastic tabs that hold the piston seal retainer. The car has 94,000 (2000 5 sp.) miles the clutch is worn and so could be the release bearing and fork arm.

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