Q: Clutch pedal not returning

asked by on

The clutch pedal won't return when I press it.

The clutch in your car is hydraulic. The weight from your leg when you push the clutch pedal transfers to the clutch master cylinder. It forces fluid through a hose to the slave cylinder. It in turn pushes a lever, that pushes the release bearing into the pressure plate, dis-engaging the clutch. The spring pressure from the pressure plate returns the pedal when you lift your leg. If there is a hydraulic leak or malfunction, the pedal stays down. Check the clutch master cylinder fluid reservoir. If it is empty, you have an external leak. If it is full, there may an internal leak in the clutch master cylinder. It’s possible that the release bearing or pressure plate is to blame, but unlikely. A qualified mechanic from YourMechanic can help you identify what part is faulty and get you back on the road.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Clutch pedal not returning

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Engine turned off but inside of car still on, now engine won't turn back on.

Hi there. The symptoms you're describing with your boyfriend's 2002 Grand Cherokee appear to be related to a broken or worn out ignition switch or relay. The ignition switch on the inside of the steering column is attached to multiple...

Q: 2 year old battery not holding charge

Hi there: In most cases a two year old battery should maintain a charge; however, the frequent trickle charging might be the reason why the battery is having difficulty. This process should only be done on a monthly basis for...

Q: Q: Oil pressure warning light flashing

The first thing I would recommend doing after seeing a warning like that on your vehicle is to check the engine oil level. When the oil level goes low, this can cause the oil pressure to go low as well....

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...