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1998 Formula, clutch goes straight to floor and while I can physically get the pedal up I can't get it to go in gear while car is on. I have put it in gear while the car is off and started it and it will move but I'm stuck in that gear. Clutch was starting to feel a little soft at times leading up to going completely out and I was always able to pump the clutch to get it back to normal. Clutch fluid level never changed so its not a leak there. I'm assuming its just the master cylinder but not sure how much it will cost to fix since I don't have the tools or know how to do it myself

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Good! You bled the master cyl. before installation! The proper order of bleeding the lines, is to start with the wheel the greatest distance from the master cylinder. Then work your way to the next greatest distance, and last, the closest wheel. Make sure all air is removed from the lines before you proceed to the next wheel, and frequently check the master cyl. level, because, as I'm sure you know, if you **** in air at the master, you have to start all over again. I'm assuming you don't have a power bleeder, so with a helper do this with car running (make sure it's on safety stands and not going to fall on you!) Pump pedal 3 times, no need to mash the pedal into the floor, just 3 pumps 1/2 way down, hold 3rd pump at half way down level while bleeder is opened, when flow is about to stop at bleeder, close bleeder and repeat til no evidence of any air. Let me know how it goes and if you need any help.

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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SOURCE: 1999 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3800 ABS Brake pedal will eventually reach floor after stopping while hold car stopped. Brake pads replaced less than 5000 miles ago. Fluid level at max and does not drop. O

I would replace the MASTER CYLINDER. BLEED AIR from master cylinder BEFORE INSTALLATION. Hope this helps

Posted on May 18, 2009

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SOURCE: 2004 Grand Am with manual transmission. Press

yes,

you have air in the hydraulic system.

get a buddy to push the pedal for you. locate the oil drain on the clutch.

1. pump the pedal couple of times, then press and hold hard to the floor.
2. while holding the pedal, release the drain. after it squirts, re-tighten.

repeat the steps untill the pedal is firm and there is no more air bubles when draining.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009

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SOURCE: It feels like the clutch may be going out

you may have a hydrolic clutch .. check for a master cylinder similar to the brake master cyclinder near the clutch pdl .. it may be low on fluid .. .. i am assuming you meant that the clutch had to be near the floor before DISengaging .. if its a mechanical hookup instead then there is an adjustment for that (free pedal adj)

if the adjustment is out of range then you could have a bad throwout bearing .. but usually they make noise when the go bad ..

Posted on Aug 18, 2009

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Its either the clutch fluid is wrong or not at the correct levels or it has not been bled correctly.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009

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