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Pedal sticking to the floor in my 2004 Maxima

I bought my 2004 manual Nissan Maxima from another female stick driver. Thinking I got a deal for the car I quickly bought it with out taking it to someone to look at it first. Had the first problem with the cluth pedel sticking to the floor a couple of days of driving it. I thought I did something wrong and that was that. Didnt pay it anymind... A couple of weeks later driving the car on the highway and pulled off onto my exit. Had to force the car in gear after about 5 mins of blocking traffic... So upset. I bought a lemon I'm think now. Well yesterday was the worst. Got up early went to take the car to the shop to get the rattle that I have near the engine, also a oil change. Drove to walmart which is 15 miles away. Pedel went to the floor and this time service engine soon light came on..,, I called the guy who did my oil change to make sure he did everything correctly and I told him what was going on he said it might be my transmission since I had to force the car into gear to get to my house. I tryed to parker the car closer to the curb but it wouldnt even move. Now im looking online and alot of people have the same issue. I thought because my car has high miles 101k that this was normal... But people have the same issue with fewer miles then me. I dont know what to do with this car. I'm thinking about selling it just to get rid of the problem. I thought Nissans were good cars... What a crock..!

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Ok, I dont have a car like yours but. Most cars like that have a Clutch master cylinder and a clutch slave cylinder. The master is under your hood and the slave is bolted to the transmission. They use brake type fluid. Check to be sure the master is at the full mark. They both have a piston like device that is sealed with rubber seals.When you push on the petal the master piston moves farther into its little cylinder that makes pressure that transfers to the slave cylinder to make pressure that pushes on the actual clutch. Whew! Thats a long sentence!
Any way, its alot of pressure.The rubber seals (at 100000 miles) have done alot of work.
Usually one or both of these cylinders needs replaced.Thats part of the manual trans. maintenance. They can also be rebuilt if you can find the kits and a good rebuilder. Its probably best to buy new and Im sure they are not cheap.
If you have a good mechanic (your lucky) have them put the car on the lift while someone is inside the car pushing the petal down over and over again. Being under the car and watching the action of the slave cylinder it should be doing its job pushing on the clutch.Its probably not pushing every time.
I hope this info helps you.

Posted on Sep 09, 2009

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You may have a bad clutch master cylinder. 1st thing is to check the fluid level if you haven't already. Low fluid level could cause the problem. You can add fluid (I believe it is brake fluid, check the cap) under the hood. The brake master cylinder where you add fluid is bigger, the clutch should be close to it, mounted on the fire wall also. If you replace the clutch master cylinder, have the garage flush out the fluid and add new, as there is a chance the fluid is contaminated, or has overheated. I checked and a new clutch master cyl. is only about $45 + installation of course. It shouldn't be a big job, but I must say I'm not familiar with that particular model. So, your 'lemon' probably just needs this fix, and it will be a great car for many years. Let me know how it goes, updates appreciated. Curt

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    Forgot to mention this: check engine light-bring it to a parts store where they will scan for engine codes (a free service) to find out if there are any codes stored on the cars computer that might have something to do with this (don't think so, but if the light is on -or was- there may be other issues not related to this.)

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There is a few things that can cause that problem:
A broken clutch release bearing or fork, which the tranny has to be dropped,
A leak somewhere from the clutch master cylinder to the slave valve,
A bad master cylinder or slave valve.
If the slave valve is mounted externally on the tranny, it doesn't have to be dropped to check it.

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Go to NHTSA.com and look it up on their website. There may be a Recall that relates to your problem. Recalls are free repairs manufacturers do to handles defects

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