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My clutch will not engage when I push it in. It will Barely allow me to put the stick into gear and it is very difficult to get out of gear as well. It feels as though the pedal is giving no resistance to my foot (even when depressed fully). Could this be a problem with fluid? If so, where do I add that?

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Sounds like clutch needs replaced has it been over 50,000 miles. if fluid needs added its not a good sign may be a leak. with an hydraulic clutch there is a small reservoir near brake reservoir under hood on the firewall for clutch fluid.

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