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1992 jetta, replaced gearbox,now clutch push rod will not move the pressure plate and pedal is on the floor, tried putting old trani back and the same thing happenned. Release bearing seems to be in the dissengaged position even though the clutch will not move. Checked out pressure plate with a new one at store and they are the same, i.e. no bent parts or springs etc.

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Check for hydraulic resevoir iam almost certain it is fluid actuated and that would call for a piston in a slave cylinder

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