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2001 pontiac firebird clutch problem

My 2001 pontiac firbird is stick shift/manual and when using the clutch it goes all the way to the ground when i step on it so i have to step and pump on the clutch several times before it goes up again. How do i fix it whats wrong with it? Thanks

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  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    as long as you pump the clutch it hols but once in awhile it looses its prime what causes that

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U have a hydraulic clutch, either the Master or Slave cylinder is leaking by the internal O ring seals, this causes your problem, It is always recommended that both cylinders be replaced at the same time.

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Value(s)
Yes
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1

Was the BTSI System Check performed?
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Go to Step 2
Go to Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control System Check

2

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3

  1. Move the gear selector to the PARK position.
  2. Disconnect the automatic transaxle control connector
  3. Turn the ignition switch to RUN.
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Does the test lamp light?
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Go to Step 4
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4

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Go to Step 5
Go to Step 8

5

Is the brake switch adjusted properly?
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Go to Step 6
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6

Replace the brake switch.
Is the repair complete?
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System OK
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7

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Is the repair complete?
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System OK
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8

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Repair the shift linkage.
Is the repair complete?
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System OK
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Replace the BTSI solenoid (column shift vehicles) or replace the automatic transaxle control (console shift vehicles).
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why not youtube others doing this first. see if its "easy for you" first.

so what does it say there. on that #2 step in FSM.book

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