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Clutch engages to start engine but wont move F or R

I had engine running put in clutch heard small clunk now it wont go into gear clutch is working enough that the engine will start sounded like something fell off but nothing on ground

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Could be one of two things - if the clutch pedal just kinda flops and doesn't spring back, the clutch tensioner spring has broken. lift the hood and look at the frame on the front, right side, you'll probably see what's left of the spring hook hanging there - not easy to replace if you've never done it, take it to a shop - OR, an idler on the drive belt pivot has fallen off or broken...easier, but still some work. the small clunk you heard has me leaning toward the spring

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