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Excesive travel on clutch pedal

In order to get into gear you have to depress the clutch pedal hard into the carpet also when changing gear on the move.the clutch arm travels from rest to the nine oclock positiion before there is any resistance can anybody help?
it was like it when i got it and it has had a new gearbox

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    tony yeatman May 11, 2010

    Is it cable or hydraulic

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That has a manual clutch cable,sounds like it needs to be adjusted if not the fork inside trans is cracked

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

  • clint  nielsen
    clint nielsen Nov 30, 2008

    that has a manual clutch cable,sounds like it needs to be adjusted if not the fork inside trans is cracked

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Haveing problems with getting in gear,had new clutch,and fly wheel


You didn't say how long ago the clutch and flywheel was fitted.

If it was recent the car should be returned to the repair shop for some free-of-charge rectication.

If the clutch is cable operated it might need adjusting or if the adjustment is automatic, perhaps it is broken.
If the clutch is hyraulically operated perhaps all the air wasn't bled from it leaving it with a spongy pedal feel and insufficient travel.

Perhaps there is too many carpets under the clutch pedal. It is not unusual to have to press the pedal right to the floor with a brand new clutch.

If the gear lever selects all the gears easily with the engine off, but not when the engine is started, the problem is likely to be the clutch.
If the pedal feel is normal and there is maximum travel being delivered to the visible clutch mechanism the problem is likely to be inside, requiring the removal of the transmission.

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Hi, My postmans Megane has the same grief, I tried changing the power steering fluid but made it worse, looks like the pump itself.
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HI, i have a 1995 hyundai excel which has a clutch/gearbox problem, it has trouble going into gear and is hard to pick gears. it also has a rattling/rumbling noise when changing gears. could this be a...


The throw out bearing could cause these isues, however I would look else where before doing anything about that. A throw out bearing can be "bad" for a very long time without causing any issues other than annoyance. Is this a cable operated slave cylinder or a hydraulic? If Cable you can adjust the throw of the pedal to take up any slack that will be made from there. Your problem sounds like your not getting enough clutch pedal throw, is there allot of play in the pedal? A simple test you can do is with the car off pointing down hill (key on so steering wheel is unlocked) With the car in gear, depress the clutch pedal slowly untill the car begins to roll. If allot of travel is required then you know that your not getting full use of your clutch pedal. A Broken shift or stretched shift cable could cause this issue as well. I would start simple and work your way up. If a hyd. system it is self adjusting i would check for full fluid in the resevoir as well. Let me know how you make out and we can trouble shoot from there.

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