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I have a 2001 vw cabrio and the clutch got stuck to the floor and won't come back up, it goes into gear but won't move. i heard it could be the clutch cable, where is this located?

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If this is a self adjusting clutch cable then check the end of the cable to see if the keeper broke. The keeper keeps the clutch connected to the throwout arm.

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    Mine broke at 100,000 miles. If that isn't it then it's your throw out pawl. This little arm is under the green cap at the end of the transaxle on the driver's side. The cap comes off real easy. Gently pry it away with a sharp rigid tool like a wood chistle. Pry all the way around or you will deform the cap. Once the cap is off you'll see a sring clip in the middle of a pivot rod that keeps the pawl placed. gently pry the spring clip out. Then you can pull the rod out. The pawl may look in good shape. Mine had a split in it and wouldn't push the throw out bearing because the pawl slipped around the splined rod. This is cheap and easy to replace. Make sure to test place the new pawl onto the splined rod before assembly for practive. The pawl is keyed to the shaft to make sure it gets on properly. Putting the whole thing is easy. The next tricky part is getting the self adjusting clutch cable tensioner back together. If you need hints let me know.


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At the top of the pedal, there is a hook that a loop on the cable attaches. It then goes out through the firewall, towards the transaxle, in a half inch think rubber sheath. It then bends down to the front of the transaxle, where it goes though an adjuster and connects to a long arm. Loosen the locking nut and then spin the adjuster so that there is less tension. But is there is no tension, it is not the cable. Then it would be the throwout bearing that was binding. It is under the tailpiece cover. Remove the cover, and operate the clutch to see if the bearing is binding.

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