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Intermittant Clutch Problem

Every so often the clutch pedal won't engage the clutch. The pedal will go right to the floor as if there was nothing there. Pressure will usually return within several minutes. I have checked fluid levels and had Nissan try to fix it. They state they can't verify and repair this because its an intermittant happening... Hope you can help!
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  • mrdtslay77 Jan 05, 2009

    I have the same problem, the clutch will work fine for a couple of months & then all of a sudden it loses pedal & goes all the way to the floor, if I bleed the system it will work for a while & then do the same thing all over again.

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I think i had a similar problem. is there a small canister in the clutch line with the line having alot of bends and circles. If so eliminate that pert of the line with a regular line from the parts store.

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