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Might help with the right info; clutch pedal hit the floorboard without any advanced notice generally aquainted with a clutch burn or going out....

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Either hydraulic failure eg;clutch master cyliner or slave cylinder lost pressure,leaking is there a fluid reservoir under bonnet near clutch pedal,or snapped cable if its cable clutch,prob hydraulic

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62 ford fairlane 500 ..221 V-8 been sitting for 25 years. Clutch won't disengage. Any easy way to free up, short of pulling tranny?

Tom, If equipped with a inspection shield or maybe with starter removed through hole, remove shield and try prying between pressure plate and disc. On some old tractors they would pull the spark plugs and tow the tractor around in 3rd gear until clutch released.
Plan A: If you are car is pointed so you can lurch forward without hitting some object.
Step 1. Start engine in neutral and let it warm up thoroughly.
Step 2. Shut the car off and restart it with the car in first gear and your foot on the clutch pedal.
Step 3. Keep clutch depressed with left foot and blip the accelerator with right foot.
Step 4. Repeat as often as necessary to free up the clutch and then go for a drive. Let the clutch slip, so you can burn off the stuff on your clutch disc.

Plan B: If your car is in the garage, pointing at a brick wall.
Step 1. Secure the car, so it can't roll forward and hit that wall. Jack up the rear of the car (use the differential "pumpkin" as the jacking point). Support the car so that the rear wheels are up in the air and can spin freely.
Step 2. Start engine in neutral and let it warm up thoroughly.
Step 3. Shut off the engine, put transmission in either 3rd or 4th gear.
Step 4. Start the car again with your foot depressing the clutch pedal
Step 5. Rev the engine and hit the brakes.
Step 6. Repeat as often as necessary to free up the clutch and then go for a drive. Let the clutch slip, so you can burn off the stuff on your clutch disc.
Plan C: if all fails...get credit card, order new clutch, (preferably from us) start pulling out the interior and remove the transmission. If you have a BJ8, you should replace the pressure plate as well as the disc. In any case, spend the extra $5 for a spigot bush while you are doing the clutch job.
To prevent this from happening in the future, take your Healey for an outing ever so often. It is good for the car to stretch its legs from time to time. You can also try the trick of putting a stick on the clutch pedal so it is constantly depressed, but it is not a 100% surefire method.
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My car is having difficulty with power. Why do I have to press the gas pedal to the floor to accelerate going onto the highway?

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There were concerns about lurching on start-ups and the Manufacturers developed safeguards to prevent this. On some manual transmission models there is a safety switch on the clutch pedal lever. On automatics, it is a switch on the Brake pedal lever.

Sometimes named the "Boo" switch, it sends a signal to complete the starter solenoid circuit. You will notice the Brake lights are out on the automatic models.

Without this signal, the starter circuit will be quite dead. It is common to be broken or misaligned when a Drivers' foot hits this switch. As for the green/purple wire-free wiring diagrams are available from when you register with their site. Their site has both free and pay info at the bottom of their Homepage help section.

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Below are a couple pictures of the switch. There are 2 connectors on it--one with 2 wires and one with 4 wires. The wire you want is the white wire from the 2-wire connector. This is the switched power. It goes to a connector (shown) and up through the steering column to the directional switch, as the same bulb filaments that burn the brakes are used for the turn signals. After going thru the directional switch, green and yellow wires come down thru the same connector shown and lead to the right and left brake/signal lights. The orange wire goes to the fuse. see picture below. Does this help?



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Suzuki Sidekick will not go into any gear

is clutch pedal soft!
if so it could be the hydraulics [ or cable ]
if not that then its the clutch that needs replacing!
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1984 Pickup

Your slave cylinder for the clutch is leaking. It's on the bottom of the transmission towards the engine (follow the fluid trail!). Though it's not too difficult to replace, it IS messy. And be careful with what you touch when you have that fluid everywhere, it eats paint. Usually a new slave will come with detailed instructions on how to properly install and bleed it.
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sounds like the clutch might be sliping to test try pulling away with handbrke on if the engine races without any pulling against the brakes the clutch is sliping and you will probely notice a burning smell

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Not positive about Hyundai,but most all import clutch systems that use hydraulics do have a clutch adjustment up under the dash.Get on the driver side floorboard with a light,lay on the floorboard looking UP...under the dash.Locate the clutch pedal,now track it UP to where you see a rod coming from the firewall back to the clutch pedal.This is the rod that actuates the clutch master cylinder.Track it back to the cutch pedal,and there should be threads on the end closest to the pedal.There should also be a jam nut,usually either 12mm or 14 mm.Loosen the jam nut,and back it off completely.Now adjust the rod in,towards the clutch pedal if you desire an engagement point higher on the clutch pedal travel.If you want the engagement point closer to the floorboards,adjust the rod out,towards the firewall.Good luck and rememeber to rate this solution.

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