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The clutch wont engage on my 96 saturn

I was having trouble getting it into gear and then all of a sudden the clutch wouldn’t engage at all. It happened very abruptly. I took my break off and the car would just go. I was stuck in 2nd and had to turn the car off at stop lights on the way home.

I checked the hydraulic fluid and it was full. I don't want to have it towed to the shop if it needs the clutch replaced...but I was wondering if it could be a smaller problem I could afford?

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  • bifmeister Dec 17, 2008

    The clutch pedal goes to the floor quite easily. There isn't any resistance to it. As far as driving goes, holding the pedal in does nothing. The car in 2nd just starts to go, even with the clutch all the way engaged.

  • bifmeister Dec 17, 2008

    Thank you! Do you have any idea about how much this should cost?

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    what does the clutch pedal do?

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Your hydraulic clutch release has failed, it consists of a master cylinder and a slave cylinder, they will both have to be replaced.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

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    yadayada Dec 17, 2008

    the transmission must be removed to replace one of the clutch cylinders, it is the slave cylinder, this is most likely the cylinder that failed, parts for just the slave is $200, master cylinder about the same, labor about 6 hours or $600, so this repair if both cylinders are done will run about $1000, this is why I became a mechanic, was poor when I was young, fixed my own cars at age 16.

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