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Clutch suddenly not engaging until pedal completely released

Clutch will not grab until pedal is released completely. This started happening just all of a sudden, one minute it was fine then it was doing this. Prior to that the clutch would begin to grab when pedal was about half way out. The clutch was completely replaced 2 years ago and only has 40k miles on it. The slave cylinder is pushing the release fork like it should. But release isn't the problem. Could the slave cylinder be hanging up and not completely retracting which would keep pressure on the fork and not allow the pressure plate to fully engage the disk with enough pressure to keep it from slipping. There are no unusual noises or smells coming from the clutch.

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  • rlmtex Sep 30, 2008

    That is exactly what it is doing. It will barely drive in first and second but when you hit third and give it gas it revs and you don't go anywhere. I didn't think to look for a spring. That would make the most sense. On the mechanical clutches there was a return spring on the release fork. I hope that's it, I can't afford another $600.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll be back to let every one know what happens.


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Two things, first does it slip at all? If you put it in high gear and hammer it, does the engine rev up? If so, you may have a spring problem causing the clutch to not fully contact the pressure plate and will result in this problem.

Is the fluids in the master cylinder full? Do you have a leak? Bad pressure? I'd check those before going on to more difficult remedies.

Personally, by the way you're describing it, I'd say it's a spring. Especially since it's engaging and disengaging correctly. Maybe an adjuster somewhere came loose? I'm not sure with the Explorer, but I know my friends `00 F-150 had an adjuster snap causing a very similar problem but the clutch just wouldn't grab at all due to his problem.

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  • Steve Patton
    Steve Patton Oct 01, 2008

    I wouldn't look for it to be a major overhaul or anything that expensive. However, it could be one of many things. With the clutches slipping like that, something surely isn't going right and needs to be remedied as fast as possible. I really hope it doesn't turn out as expensive as I know how bad those small problems can hurt. But sometimes you've gotta grit your teeth and just do it. I had a 1998 cutlass blow three intake manifold gaskets in two months. $400 job every time and GM wouldn't refund me or my mechanic for faulty gaskets. I finally paid over $200 just for the gasket kit made by another company out of stainless steel. Never had another problems. However, it was over a thousand dollar ordeal in just over a month. :\

    When you get the final result, please let me know how it turned out!


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