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My clutch pedal one day got all loose and wouldnt get tight then i pumped it 4 five min and then it would get tight it goes back and forth between tight and loose and when loose wont go in gear and when tight it is like normal not sure what 2 do.

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Your clutch uses hydraulic fluid just like your brakes do. You have a "Master" Hydraulic clutch cylinder connected to your clutch pedal. And you have a Slave Hydraulic Clutch cylinder connected to your clutch assembly. There is a Leak that is getting worse in either the master or slave clutch cylinders. Find the fluid Reservoir for the Clutch Master Cylinder and fill it with brake fluid as an emergency remedy.
It will be necessary for you to locate the leak. When you do, you can use a rebuild kit to fix the offending Cylinder. I had this happen on an 84 Volkswagen bus (called a Vanagon) The leak was in the slave cylinder. I got the kit and rebuilt it. Never had a problem again.
In your case, You should be able to get a kit or entirely rebuilt cylinders.
Hope this helps,
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Sounds like the master or slave cylinder is not right. If it gets tight when pumping it up, that's a hydraulic issue with the rubber parts not sealing, or air in the system.

Good luck on this repair.

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