Q: Replacing the clutch master cylinder.

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Hi, I'm trying to replace the clutch master cylinder, I took the old one out but I can't fit back the pedal with the new cylinder. When I pulled the pedal out I removed the old cylinder by rotating it so the pedal came off easily. The steering column is removed to make room. My question is: is it possible to fit the pedal back with the cylinder mounted without removing the dashboard partially, or it has to fit in place without the cylinder and rotate after to secure it in the pedal support? Thank you in advance
My car has a manual transmission.

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