Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My clutch is not working properly.

asked by on

Had car in 1st gear with clutch depressed, was about to release clutch pedal (but didn't move foot at all) the car urged forward, was able to put car in neutral. the pedal has very little resistance and does not return on its own. i can push on the slave cylinder from under the hood and audibly hear the pedal return once i depress the slave cylinder.

My car has 115000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: It sounds to me as if you have a failure in...

It sounds to me as if you have a failure in the hydraulic part of your clutch system. A soft clutch pedal that will not return and is not disengaging the clutch properly is often caused by a failed clutch master cylinder or a leak in the system. The hydraulic line may be bled to see if the function changes, but if not then you may need to replace the clutch master cylinder. Consider hiring an experienced like one from YourMechanic who can come out for a closer look at your clutch pedal concerns and offer a more personal diagnosis.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car producing a rattling sound

Your 2015 Kia may use a brand new dual cutch transmission, which works differently than a traditional automatic transmission. That sound, combined with the conditions under which you hear it, makes me think you have a problem with your flywheel....

Q: Hoping for Jay Safford for a follow up question

Hi there Cal, my name is Toby. Just so we are perfectly clear, there is a very low likelihood that there is an update to the ECU available, it just doesn't hurt to ask. Unfortunately the dealer would have to...

Q: Noise when it is in motion, Told is was a wheel bearing, but it does not shake.

Hi there, thanks for writing in. Contrary to popular belief, a worn out wheel bearing doesn't always have to shake. In fact, the shaking often occurs when the wheel bearing is damaged. The noise occurs when the wheel bearing is...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...