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First --if it goes to the floor and will not come back up the problem will be in the hydraulics or cable

next if you put your foot on the clutch and you cannot engage 1st gear then it is the hydraulic / cable system

next if you take your foot of the clutch when it is in gear and the clutch slips and the rpm\'s go up it may be the hydraulics / cable or the clutch itself

IF the clutch has been operating properly until lately I would be paying attention to the hydraulic / cable areas before I would consider a clutch replacement. IF you have no problems with the clutch but would want to test it

place the vehicle in gear with the hand brake hard on . let the clutch pedal out while reving the engine ( hill start) and if the engine dies out or tends to stall then the clutch is good This is a very short time one off test (1-2 secs) at most

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