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Clutch pedal won't disengage clutch

Hi. I have a 1998 chev s-10 w/ 2.2 engine. The clutch pedal seems very mushy and won't disengage the clutch. There are 89600 miles on the truck. What can I do?

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  • ritchiedfw Feb 16, 2009

    I have a '91 Chev. S-10 p.u. The clutch pedal often will not engage the clutch. Sometimes the fluid is low but not always. It seems to happen more when the weather is cold. I usually add some clutch fluid and pump the clutch util it engages. I was using dot 3 brake fluid and the Auto Zone guy suggested clutch fluid. What do you recommend?

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Make sure fluid is full... then pump the pedal with it NOT RUNNING as many times really fast as you can.. try it after that, if it works then you need either a clutch MASTER cyliner and/or a SLAVE cylinder.. MOST likely being the slave cylinder. if the pumping action doesnt cause it to disengage then you have a burnt out clutch. The system is hydralic and takes regular DOT3 brake fluid in the small resevoir under the hood next to the brake master cylinder...
The slave cylinder being bad would mean you have to removed the transmission and install a new slave cylinder... thats the most common issue with those around that mileage...

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