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Old 06-04-2010, 06:31 PM   #1
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Frozen Clutch

I was driving home today and while approaching a stop light, my clutch froze, totally unable to depress. There were two times prior to the freeze up that I felt a "hitch" when I depressed the peddle, then WHAM! nothing! Any ideas?

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Old 06-04-2010, 07:17 PM   #2
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clutch master cylinder, rod from clutch peddle to master cylinder, if thats good go to slave cylinder then clutch itself.

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Maybe this will help with a diagnosis: I can SLOWLY!! push down the pedal, and at about 1/2 way in, it travels freely. If I let the clutch full way out, it becomes "frozen" to all but a very slow depress. Stupid question: Is there a fluid level I should be checking?
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Ok, I found the hydrolic clutch fluid resevoir and the level is fine. Sorry to sound so helpless!
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you have to trouble shoot each component in the system. I would start at the clutch master cylinder,disconect line put a bleeder line back into resevoir and check peddle. if that feels good move to slave cylinder and hopefully your is not internal.
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WooHoo!! Master Cylinder was shot. Quick fix and back on the road. Bleeding caused quite a scare, pretty rusted zert and was afraid of snapping it off. Letting it soak in WD40 for a while and with a little TLC, broke free. Can[t believe the difference. And I have to admit, killed the engine the first time I tried to go!! Dang thing catches immediately when letting the pedal out! Also, no more of those little grinds when shifting gears, everything is so smooth!

Thanks for your help.
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If it's catching immediately as soon as you lift you may still have air in the lines, the slave is also bad, or you need a new clutch.
I would bleed again and/or remove the slave and push the piston all the way in a few times.

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