Q: The clutch pedal does not go down, but clutch can still be engaged and disengaged by direct manipulation of the slave cylinder.

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Problem occured while driving. When I put my foot on the clutch pedal, it did not go down. Fluid was full. I can directly manipulate the slave cylinder, and the clutch will engage or disengage as if using the pedal, and fluid level rises and falls in the master cylinder. I assumed it was an issue with the master cylinder, but upon removing it and bleeding it, it seems to push fluid just fine. There is no evidence of a leak.

My car has 236903 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hi Michael. Thanks for sending the question today. This is a tricky one to be honest, as my first inclination would be a faulty master cylinder causing the pedal to stick. If the pedal did not rise, I would suspect a broken sprag or a damaged input shaft spline. Air trapped in the hydraulic lines could also cause this issue, as could an internal hydraulic fluid leak. I think the best advice I can offer is to have a professional mechanic or clutch specialist in your city complete an onsite inspection to help you diagnose this problem.

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