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Clutch has gone soft, and will not shift anymore

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Hi from the uk if the clutch pedal has gone soft ie spongy and you have difficulty engaging gears ? your clutch is hydraulic operated so may i suggest the 1st thing to check is the fluid in the reservoir the brake fluid reservoir also feeds the clutch master cylinder also SO if the fluid level is low /empty on one side of reservoir ? you will have a fluid leak on the clutch somewhere most probably the slave cylinder this is the one at the gearbox/clutch housing if you follow pipework ? it will lead to slave cyl and you may see fluid has leaked hope this helps ? come back e mail with your discovery and may be able to advise on putting it right ? and hopefully save you $$$$$s in repairs at garage ie diy ?

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Check the slave cylinder if it fine the you need to replace clutch and pressure plate and pilot bearing

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