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The engine starts when in neutral but when i try to put it into gear, the cluth depresses to the ground like nothing and stays there. I can pull it back by using my hands but it has no pressure at all. What could be wrong?

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You have air in your hydraulic clutch. Check the clutch master cylinder reservoir fluid level. My guess would be that your clutch slave cylinder has been leaking and hes leaked out your fluid until it sucked air into the system. You'll have to replace the slave cylinder and bleed the system. let us know if you have more questions.

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