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Won;t start while clutch pressed but will push start

It seems there is some cylindrical part behind the gas pedal connected to the clutch it seems to leak. Also when the problem started I would have to press extremely hard on the clutch and since it has gotten worse till I couldn't apply enough pressure to start

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The clutch master cylinder must have gone out, the seals in it have failed. The clutch master cylinder (next to the brake master cylinder) gives you hydraulic pressure so the clutch pedal can operate the clutch.
You can buy a new clutch master, a rebuilt unit, or yours can be rebuilt with new seals. Save time and money and buy a rebuilt or remanufactured unit. Once installed, you bleed the system down at the clutch slave cylinder, mounted on the transaxle.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013

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    jtsa1098 Jul 16, 2013

    So to make sure I am clear would this cause the car not t start?

  • montehammons Jul 16, 2013

    Well, it should still start. The master cylinder is bolted to the firewall under the hood, connected to the clutch pedal by a push rod. When it's leaking, the carpet right below the clutch pedal may get wet with brake fluid. On the clutch pedal also is the electrical clutch switch, may be called the clutch interlock switch. This is the switch that allows power to reach the starter when the pedal is depressed. Check the switch-probably mounted on a bracket behind or by the pedal. A simple spring-loaded button that when opened by the clutch pedal being down, closes the current path through the switch and on to the starter solenoid. See if your switch is working, may need adjusting. I just can't think of any cylindrical part behind the gas pedal...?

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Pump the clutch pedal and then check for leaks again, including under the dash where the rod from the pedal goes into the clutch master cylinder. Once you find the leak, replace what's leaking and bleed the system to restore the pressure (bleeds from the slave unit, just like bleeding brakes)

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