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We rebult clutch and now the clutch does not engage. We have bleed the lines and it still does not engage. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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I had a similar problem and found that when I put the clutch back in, it wasnt quite seated correctly, i,e one of the bolts that go onto the springs was catching on the basket. This gave the same symptoms as you have. Also, is the cluch slave cylinder operating correctly? Might be worth removing it and checking the clutch is pushing the slave cylinder plunger forward.

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