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Soft or Hard Clutch Pedal

If you press on your clutch pedal and it is soft, spongy, goes easily to the floor without disengaging the clutch, or is so hard you need both feet to press it, then you may have a hydraulic or cable issue.

Clutch hydraulics are a lot like brake hydraulics. They use the same type of fluid, and have a master cylinder located near the pedal, and a slave cylinder near the clutch disk itself. Either of these can cause this type of problem, but since they share fluid, it's best to replace both of them if one is bad.

Cable equipped vehicles can have a worn, fraying cable that binds, causing a hard clutch pedal. It could break at any time if this occurs.

Occasionally, but not often, a hard or soft clutch pedal problem is not with the hydraulics, but with the pressure plate. The springs or fingers can break or wear, or other components could lodge in such a way as to impede the operation of the pressure plate. These can cause a soft clutch pedal. A worn out pilot bearing can also cause a hard clutch pedal, but this is uncommon.

Fortunately, on most vehicles, hydraulics and cable repairs are not expensive. On a few vehicles, he slave cylinder is located inside the transmission bell housing. In this case, the transmission must be removed to access it. This labor will significantly drive up the cost of the repair. On most vehicles, however, transmission removal is not necessary, and the master and slave cylinders or cable are easily accessed and replaced without much labor cost.

To be sure the correct parts are replaced, and you don't authorize the wrong work first, a thorough, Free Diagnostic should be performed to pinpoint the problem. Very often we have customers pricing out clutches when all they need are new hydraulics.

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