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Clutch pedal goes all the way to the floor Inspection Service

Like your brake pedal, your clutch pedal should have a firm feel when you press it. It should offer resistance as you push it toward the floor, and stop shy of the actual floorboard. When you depress the pedal, you should also be able to change gears. However, if your clutch pedal goes all the way to the floor and you can’t change gears, there’s definitely something wrong. The problem will depend on the type of clutch system in your car.

How this system works:

There are two types of clutch systems used in manual transmission vehicles – cable operated and hydraulic. Cable systems were more common a few years ago, but hydraulic systems have gained in popularity, so there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll have either.

The simplest way to tell is to open the hood and see if you can spot two components on the firewall that look like master cylinders. One is the master cylinder for your brakes, and the other is the clutch master cylinder. If you don’t see two things that look like master cylinders, you have a cable-operated clutch.

If you have a cable-operated clutch, chances are good that the cable has broken (this is very common, and will occur as your car ages unless you take preemptive action and replace the cable before it snaps). The cable runs from the clutch pedal to the clutch assembly itself, and allows you to engage the clutch and change gears.

If you have a hydraulic clutch, the problem is likely with the master or slave cylinder. These work in the same way as your brake hydraulic system. When you press the pedal, it pressurizes the fluid in the system, which then allows you to change gears. If the fluid is low, or the master or slave cylinder has failed, you won’t be able to change gears.

Common reasons for this to happen:

  • Broken Clutch Cable: The most common reason to have a clutch pedal that goes all the way to the floor is a broken clutch cable. This is extremely common, particularly on older cars. Replacing the cable will allow you to engage the clutch and change gears once more.

  • Missing Connector Rod: The clutch cable runs to a throw out fork and bearing. It connects with a small rod. If this rod is missing, the cable won’t attach to the fork and your pedal will go to the floor.

  • Low Fluid: If you have a hydraulic clutch, there are a couple of other things it could be. One is low fluid in the master/slave cylinder. This can be checked by visually inspecting the reservoir. If the fluid is below the “full” line, then you have low fluid.

  • Failed Clutch Master Cylinder: The most common way for a clutch master cylinder to fail is for the internal seals to begin leaking fluid out (meaning that you’ll be low on fluid). This fluid may or may not run onto the clutch pedal, and it may or may not be visible on the firewall or the back of the engine.

  • Failed Slave Cylinder: A failed slave cylinder is less common than a failed master cylinder, but the symptoms (and causes) are generally the same. Seals break down and begin leaking, leading to low fluid levels in the system.

What to expect:

A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to inspect the clutch pedal, the cable or hydraulic system to verify operation and determine the actual cause of the problem. The mechanic will then provide a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.

How it's done:

The mechanic will first inspect the clutch pedal, as well as its connection to either the clutch cable or the master cylinder. The mechanic will check the fluid level in the reservoir if this is a hydraulic system, as well as inspecting for leaks.

How important is this service?

If your clutch pedal goes to the floor, you won’t be able to engage the clutch, and you won’t be able to shift gears. In short, you’ll be stuck. Driving without an operable clutch cable is not recommended. One of our professional mechanics can inspect and repair your clutch system.

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Chet

38 years of experience
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Chet
38 years of experience
Chet investigated the problem very carefully, explained all the issues to me in a very comprehensible manner, and described how the situation could be dealt with. He was thorough, friendly, and patient--a true gentleman, and a real expert.
2002 MAZDA PROTEGE - CLUTCH PEDAL GOES ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR - LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA

Charles

14 years of experience
175 reviews
Charles
14 years of experience
Charles was an outstanding mechanic. He was on time and immediately identified the issues. He spent extra time going over other problems with the car and immediately completed a new quote. Will be using him again in the future.
1996 HONDA CIVIC - CLUTCH PEDAL GOES ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR - SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA

Brandon

17 years of experience
489 reviews
Brandon
17 years of experience
My experience with Brandon was superb! He was more than helpful! I definitely recommend him to anyone who needs help with their vehicle in timely manner.
2006 KIA RIO - CLUTCH PEDAL GOES ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR INSPECTION - ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Shaun

7 years of experience
370 reviews
Shaun
7 years of experience
If you're anything like me you're skeptical of mechanic's honesty. They may as well be doctors. I have a dashboard knowledge of cars and thats it. So whatever the mechanic says I have to go by and cannot afford to get a second opinion. My clutch would not engage, and Shaun, the mechanic who came to my home (which is a big plus in itself!) and serviced my car could have told me anything and could have made a lot of money for both himself and this company he works for. Instead he told me the TRUTH! My clutch needed to be bled, thats it. End of story. I spent all of $70 for a top mechanic to come to me, honestly diagnose and then work on my car and it was fixed in an hour! It's the best feeling in the world to deal with a company and employees who truly look out for people like me, the little guy, who can't look out for themselves! If your car needs servicing by a truly ethical company by mechanics who know cars like the back of their hand, this is the place for you! Thank you Shaun, you're one of the good ones!
1999 HONDA CIVIC - CLUTCH PEDAL GOES ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR - SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA

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