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clutch pedal not engaging/disengaging

Old 04-23-2005, 11:01 PM
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clutch pedal not engaging/disengaging


I'm have a clutch issue with my '84 300zx. Over the past week the clutch pedal has had about 3" of no resistance before the pedal finally started to disengage the engine. So in other words, the pedal was nearing the end of its travel before finally starting to engage and disengage the clutch. Anyway, yesterday I had a little trouble putting the car into gear from a standstill because the pedal wasn't quite fully disengaging the engine even when I had the pedal pressed to the floor, but I still managed to get home. This morning, however, the pedal went all the way to the floor with no resistance and without disengaging or engaging the engine. I checked the mechanical linkage inside the car and to the master cylinder, and checked the master cylinder and slave cylinder for any apparent leaks and didn't notice any. However, when I jacked the car up and watched the piston coming out of the slave cylinder, it barely moved when the pedal was pressed, and stopped when it touched the lever thingy coming out of the gearbox that presses on the pressure plate. So I'm hoping that its the slave cylinder that is bad (it is pretty rusty). Anbody have and guesses/advice as to what might be wrong? Thanks a ton you are all livesavers.

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Old 04-23-2005, 11:31 PM
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get a rebuild kit for your slave cylinder, its not too expensive or hard to do. that sounds like the problem, but who knows. its worth a shot, and if thats not it, at least it will be freshly rebuilt and less likely to cause trouble.
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Old 04-25-2005, 09:32 AM
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re: clutch pedal not engaging/disengaging

Hey everyone I replaced the slave cylinder and the clutch fluid and everything works fine again, at least for now. Thanks a ton for all your help.

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