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The car wont shift into gear while the car is running. the clutch peddle is very loose and floppy

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Make sure your Slave cylinder has the proper amount of fluid in it and check it for leaks. The clutch is hydraulic on your car so there is no cable to adjust or break.

Think of it exactly like your brakes. When there is not enough fluid or there is a leak, the brakes are soft and the pedal has no pressure behind it making your brakes not work.

Item B in the picture below is where your slave cylinder is. Again, check the connections for leaks and make sure there is enough fluid in the reservoir.

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