Q: Clutch pedal sticking

asked by on

My clutch pedal sticks halfway in traffic or when it is really hot outside.

I have seen this problem before. Since the issue seems to be temperature sensitive, or prevalent during times of heavy use like traffic, it might be the fluid in your clutch master cylinder is getting too hot. The fluid in the clutch master cylinder is actually brake fluid. Brake fluid is hygroscopic or "water absorbing". It pulls moisture from the atmosphere over time. Once there is enough water in the system, the boiling point of the fluid is lowered. If the fluid gets too hot, it loses some of its hydraulic properties causing the pedal to feel spongy. The usual repair for this is simply to change the fluid in the clutch master cylinder by bleeding it. I recommend having a professional help you inspect your clutch pedal and determine what repairs are needed for your vehicle.

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 sticking

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: Alternator bracket broken.

A broken alternator bracket may cause some belt slip which will amount to charging system problems so the technician is correct on this part. The price to replace the parts will vary among service facilities as many facilities will have...

Q: My brakes have been squeaking on my 2012 Altima since I bought it in 2012. I've had it checked out several times and was told noth

With the mileage you listed and the brakes having been replaced last month, I can guess that the brakes were replaced due to wear. They were probably worn enough to recommend replacement. As for the squeaking, a number of factors...

Q: My radiator seems to forcing coolant into the reservoir.

Hi there: If your engine is not overheating or showing any signs of cooling system problems, then there are two reasons why additional fluid will show up in the overflow reservoir. First, it's possible you might have too much coolant...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...