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I downshifted into 3rd gear while releasing the clutch and then my clutch went completely loose and my vehicle started leaking 2005 Ford Mustang
Hello - I believe you have lost your clutch hydraulics; specifically the clutch slave cylinder. Losing clutch function, and clear fluid leaking in the area of the bellhousing (brake/clutch fluid) would confirm this. I recommend a clutch master and slave...
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Clutch engaged with pedal up or down issue? 2006 Mazda 3
Hi there - there are several possibilities here - none of them pleasant, and all will require removal of the transmission to get to the failed bit. It is possible the pilot bearing has seized up - which would make...
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My Jeep has pneumatic shockabsorbers need replacement. Can I replace them with hydraulic/gas shock absorbers? 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Hi - yes, you can replace your existing air suspension shocks with hydraulic/gas shocks. There are several manufacturers of conversion packages that eliminate the air suspension and replace the air shocks with "traditional" shocks. Check some of the Jeep owner...
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Clutch pedal in Toyota pickup goes to the floor
When the clutch pedal is applied in a system such as yours, a piston is actuated in the clutch master cylinder, forcing fluid to act upon the pushrod of the slave cylinder. The slave cylinder's pushrod then activates the clutch...
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Description of Problem: clutch master cylinder leak 1993 Ford Ranger
Hi there - your clutch fluid line leak may be a problem with the connector thread for either the master cylinder itself, or the fluid line going to the slave cylinder. I recommend a fluid leak inspection performed by a...
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Fluid hose comes off transmission to the slave cylinder.
The clutch master cylinder is not relieving the pressure when applied. I recommend bleeding the clutch master cylinder and retest. If the condition continues, then replace the clutch master cylinder. If you need further assistance with your hose blowing off...
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Car won't go into gear. 2002 Audi A4 Quattro
Hi there - Your symptoms describe the behavior to expect when your clutch hydraulics go out (clutch master and clutch slave cylinders). Check your clutch fluid level - it may be low. If the fluid level is low, this usually...
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Installed a clutch plus master cylinder. Clutch seems to be not releasing right.
Hi there. There could be air in the clutch hydraulic system. Bleed out all of the air and make sure that the slave cylinder is plunging all the way and retracting all the way. If the clutch hydraulic system is...
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I have a power steering issue after doing a donut. The pump no longer assists at idle, only when the rpms are up. No leaks and fl
Hello, thank you for writing in. The power steering pump has likely failed. The pump gets its power from the drive belt, if it is tight, the power steering pump should be supplying plenty of hydraulic pressure at idle speeds....
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Brake master cylinder leaking, clutch jammed up. Is quote for new clutch that doesn't mention brake master reasonable? 1998 Ford Escort
Hi there - I think the fact that the brake and clutch hydraulic system share the reservoir is confusing how to repair 2 separate issues. For sure, your brake master cylinder appears to be failing, and should be replaced. This...
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Hard to shift into gears while the car is on. (Manual) 2007 Acura CSX
Hi there, the failure of your clutch to disengage could be due to two factors: first, air may have gotten into the clutch hydraulic circuit, making the pedal soft or spongy - and the clutch fail to fully disengage. Second,...
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My clutch is not working.
Go under the vehicle and see if the return spring has came off the slave cylinder on the clutch assembly. If the return spring is there, then look to see if the slave cylinder is pushed all the way out....
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Driving downhill my Traction Light and ABS light came on. 2009 Buick LaCrosse.
Hello. The traction light and ABS light are like a check engine light for your braking system. If an issue is detected the light will illuminate and code will be stored inside of the ABS module. I suggest that a...
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The clutch is sticking to floor and not releasing it self and there is fluid on the road - Citroen C4 Grand Picasso
Hello - your clutch hydraulics have failed - as a minimum, the clutch slave cylinder. I would recommend a clutch master and slave cylinder replacement to avoid another, near-term failure, if only the slave cylinder is replaced - performed by...
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All of a sudden the clutch pedal has no resistance and I am unable to put it in any gear while running the engine. 1999 Dodge Dakota
Hello - as you suspect, the clutch hydraulics have likely failed. Check for low clutch fluid (may share a reservoir with the brake master cylinder). If the fluid is low, check for brake fluid at the clutch slave cylinder or...
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Hi, I have a 2010 Nissan Versa 18.l L4 engine (MR18DE), 6 speed Manual and R56794R Transaxle. Pedal to floor now. What to do?
Check the slave cylinder and see if there is a fluid leak on the cylinder. If there is no leaks, then the return spring could be broken or missing. If the return spring is intact, then the clutch release bearing...
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Flexibility of Hydraulic Connections
With the proper hydraulic fittings and bends you can do 90 degree turns with hydraulic fittings and lines. A rubber hydraulic line cannot make sharp turns without kinking.
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Clutch won't engage 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
Hello - your clutch is operated by a hydraulic master cylinder/slave cylinder arrangement. If the failure was sudden, as you describe, it's likely a hydraulic fluid (rubber) hose that failed, but that should be confirmed before parts are ordered up....
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I have just put my car in to Mitsubishi to have the hydraulic cylinder and slave changed I had a phone call from them today saying 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
Hello - yes, unfortunately your Lancer utilizes a concentric clutch slave cylinder, which is inside the clutch bellhousing, and requires removal of the transmission to access. So your shop was being straight up with you on that one. (The slave...
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Vehicle won't go into gear when running, when turned off, vehicle will go into gear but won't start. 1998 Ford Explorer
Hello - your clutch hydraulics are the problem here. Check the clutch hydraulics fluid level - and it may share the same reservoir as the brake master cylinder (both use brake fluid as the hydraulic medium). If fluid needs to...

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