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Clutch goes to floor

I have the same problem. I went out to my car this morning and clutch goes all way to floor w/ no grab.  car still runs, but with hardly any clutch, how long will this clutch last?

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There are four main things that can go wrong in a hydraulic clutch system, causing this condition. In order of DIY-friendliness: 1. Just bleed the system could be enough provided there are no significant leaks. Check out this for a procedure suggestion: http://www.motorvate.ca/mvp.php/803 2. Check for leaking hoses, tubes and connection in this hydraulic circuit. Rust could be an issue, also cracking old hydraulic hoses. Not that hard to replace faulty components usually but it depends. 3. The main cylinder for the clutch system is leaking and needs to be replaced. Don't know how hard it is on your car but this is mostly a rather painless procedure. 4. The slave cylinder is leaking. On some cars it can be a real pain to replace as you have to take the transmission out, no fun at all on Saab 9000 for instance. On other cars the slave cylinder is more accessible and rather easy to replace. You should not drive this car at all until you at least made step 1 here, bleeding the system making sure it works. The car is basically inoperable without clutch. If the problem comes back, you have to proceed through the steps until you find and correct the problem. Good luck!

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    OP, did you bleed the clutch system? Did it help getting a working clutch again? If there is a significant leak in the hydraulic system (hoses, connections, tubes, master/slave cylinders) it might not be possible to get working pressure at all, then you need to proceed with steps 2 to 4.

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When i go toshift gears on my 1998 nissan pathfinder the clutch goes all the way to the floor and i cant shift. if it finally decides to work the gears shift very easy. do i need fluid? and where is the fluid located? thx ginger

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