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How stiff should your clutch be more or less? should it go flat against the floor without any force been used or should there be a bit of resistance and will it not have any negative effect on your gear box if it is too lose?

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The pressure plate has tension and the slave cylinder may have a return spring, both of which should return your pedal to the up position. If your pedal is not returning, then you have a clutch problem or your hydraulic clutch system has sprung a leak. There is a master cylinder, a short line, and a slave cylinder, any of which can be bad.

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