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Low / Soft Clutch Pedal, 1995 Rodeo 2W 2.6L

I've been fighting a Soft Clutch pedal for a few months. The Master Cylinder, Clutch, Pressure Plate and Release Bearing were changed a year ago. I have the Master Cylinder adjusted out to it's max, and I've tried everything in-between and the clutch pedal is still low. The clutch releases at the very bottom and once in a while it grinds going into first gear. Every so often I loose my clutch altogether and I have to bleed the system to get the pedal off the floor. It doesn't seem like I'm loosing fluid. I have a new slave cylinder (Not Installed yet) but I don't think that will solve the problem. Could the Shift Fork be bent? Henry 92 rodeo 4x4 soft clutch 1/2 of the floor it's going

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  • joegator65 Feb 10, 2009

    i have a problem with the clutch being soft will bleeding the slave unit fix the problem.

  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009

    i have a 1994 isuzu rodeo 4x4 i have the same problem as of today my clutch barley works i have to put it to the floor and its a pain in the **** to put it in first good luck with reverse i think i just need to replace the clutch its got 140000 miles and its all original parts what do u think

  • bulldozer81 Apr 29, 2009

    My clutch is no longer working.I can not put it into gear.The pedal still comes back up to where it should.What should I start replacing to see if it cures the problem?

    ROBERT RICHIE Feb 10, 2014

    whats the best way to bleed the slave cyl. 1996 rodeo 2 wheel drive



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My rodeo had the same problem i corrected it by bleeding the slave cylinder. and is located on the driver side on the gearbox you will find it if you follow the line from the master cylinder down to the gearbox and if that helps but happens again it might have to be replaced.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008

  • irishliam Jun 09, 2011

    hi there ya all im new to this site had a similar problem with a 3.0ltr d max 2005, bough a new slave cylinder only when i went fitting it noticed the clutch line was actually rubbing against the fuel lines and had caused a hole on my clutch line in turn loosing fluid ,repaired the line with some tasty brazing work and fitted my new slave cylinder ,this is when the fun began was bleeding the line for at least 2 hrs and could not get good hydraulic pressure, the sequence i eventually got a proper clutch pedal was had a good person in the vechicle on the pedal and with the pedal pressed fully push against the push rod of the slave cylinder and then release the fluid via the bleed nipple , lock up the nipple and release the pressure from the pushrod and then the pedal took only 15min to get a good pedal this way irish liam here hope its helpful


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I had the same problems with my 1990 Rodeo and found metal fatigue around the master cylinder to firewall area.Used a square of metal plating on the inside of firewall to stiffen the area and reassemble.

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At a minimum the pressure plate but not changing everything while in there would be silly

Posted on Aug 01, 2008

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    dave giacome Jul 09, 2009

    since its a mitsubishi i would install the slave right off . when the master was installed did they replace clutch ,thro bearing and any springs ? i bouth those new arts for mine and had to replace it a week later . sometimes ya just get bad parts from the shelf . pedal almost to floor and not going into gear as well as the grinding tell me there is a failure in hydrolics . replace slave bleed and see what happens . also check inside car on floor where it goes up to meet firewall make sure there is no sign of fluid up there .


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    dave giacome Jul 09, 2009

    lol sorry about the mitsubishi thing but pretty much the same as far as hydraulic clutches go . start at the slave like i said . check for leaks under dash near master .


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Hi i just put a new master cylinder a month back now today my clutch felt hard and when i put it in reverse heard a broken sound clutch went flat and oil came from the master what can the problem be


A mechanical 'breaking noise' doesn't sound good. It's hard to diagnose a problem online without being there to see/hear the vehicle. But .. it may be that your clutch pressure plate has broken/ release/throwout bearing has broken?

It's difficult to see why the master cylinder should leak - unless it was incorrectly fitted in the first place?

Just to check ... The master cylinder is in the engine bay/compartment and is where you top up with clutch fluid. When a master cylinder fails it usually results in no pressure at the clutch pedal, not a leak.

The clutch slave cylinder is the one that does all the work. When you press the pedal hydraulic pressure is sent from the master cylinder to the slave cylinder - which then pushes the release/throwout bearing against the clutch pressure plate and 'disconnects' the driven plate .. allowing you to change gear.

The slave cylinder is the one that does all the hard work - it is located somewhere where engine and gearbox mate together, usually at the bottom right/left. It's usually the one that fails/leaks. It's quite easy to replace..

I don't think it is anything to do with reverse gear. It's more to do with the clutch pedal being depressed - and, I would suspect - something has failed.

The link below is generic images of a clutch:
clutch diagram Google Search

Basically, a clutch is 3 parts. There's the 'pressure plate' which bolts onto your flywheel. The pressure plate is a 'spring'. You depress the clutch pedal and the release/throwout bearing presses onto the centre of the pressure plate causing the 'fingers' - the springs - to bend back and take pressure off the driven plate - which is the link - the drive - between engine and gearbox.

If you have a leak your clutch will not work. This causes a 'grinding/crashing' noise when you try to change gear. The first thing you should do is check where the leak is coming from and do something about it.

The 'noise' that you mention may be due to the fact that the gears are 'grinding' as they try to mesh together without the use of the clutch.

The first thing you should do is check why there's a leak. It's difficult to see why a new master cylinder is leaking unless it was incorrectly fitted and damaged (pipes incorrectly connected..).

If it's the slave cylinder that is leaking - replace it. Easy job.

If Master cylinder and slave cylinder are ok - you have to look at your clutch unit. A clutch is always replaced with 3 parts ... throwout bearing/pressure plate and driven disk.

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the indications are that the clutch pressure plate is not properly clearing the clutch plate and the drag is causing the problems

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If the brake fluid is low in the clutch master cylinder reservoir, there may be a leak to the outside. Refill and check for leaks while someone pumps the clutch pedal. Check around the clutch master cylinder (also under the dash- if wet there around the top of the clutch pedal or if wet on the carpet below the pedal, the master cylinder is leaking.) Check the single line from the clutch master to the bell housing where the slave cylinder is. If no leaks found, likely the clutch master cylinder or the slave cylinder has failed internally.

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