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My clutch pedal keeps dropping to the floor :( and garages tell me all sorts. Can you help please?

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    Mac Oct 20, 2008

    Thank you kindly for that advise! well appreciated :o)

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    Mac Oct 20, 2008

    cheers mate!

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This is caused by the hydraulic clutch, either the master cylinder is defective or the slave cylinder or both.

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    yadayada Oct 20, 2008

    Could you please rate my kindly advice

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    Mac Feb 25, 2013

    I'm not sure how to rate but Dennis was spot on with his answer and I got the problem sorted. It was the clutch master cylinder. Thanks Dennis

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    yadayada Feb 25, 2013

    Glad to assist.

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Cheers mate! the problem has been sorted! :)

Posted on Oct 21, 2008

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