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Clutch pedal stayed down when shifting

I own a 97 4Runner SR5, manual, 73760 miles. After driving for 2 hrs. on the highway the clutch pedal stayed on the floor when I tried to shift. The pedal came up after a while, and I was able to shift and move to the side of the road. I called for a tow truck, and after I got home I noticed the pedal worked normally and I could shift as before. I don't hear any grinding noise, and although I've been driving around for short distances I'm afraid to get on the highway again. What could be the cause of this problem?

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To Fix: Set the preload on the throw-out lever. You can also try bleeding the clutch.

Problem: Its the problem with the throw-out lever or there is air in the clutch line.

Hope this helps ya!

Posted on Jul 27, 2008

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It is the clutch cable that get stuck, less often clutch disk. Register the clutch cable

Posted on Jul 27, 2008

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    Ginko Jul 27, 2008

    This is what a mechanic will do
    "Take off the trim panel on the underside of the instrument panel, the
    trim panel that covers up all the pedal linkage. Do whatever
    contortions are necessary to stick your nose underneath the dashboard.
    Look up at the clutch pedal and where the push-rod comes through the
    firewall.



    There is a white clip attached to the end of the clutch push-rod. This
    clip is supposed to sit inside a welded pocket on the side of the
    clutch pedal. I betcha the teeny little spot-weld that holds that
    pocket in place has broken, and the white piece has pushed right
    through the pocket in the pedal along with the push-rod.



    To fix it, remove the clutch pedal from the vehicle, and MIG-weld that
    pocket back in place properly so that it never comes adrift again. The
    shop manual explains what to do to disassemble and re-assemble, and it
    is a pain in the tail to deal with the over-center spring - you will
    have to improvise a little spring compressor in order to do this. It is
    also really hard to get that white clip off and on the end of the
    push-rod."
    from TDIClub Forums
    Even if it is not a difficult fix, it is better to do it at the garage, if you do it yourself you risk your vehicle not being safe


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