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Guru
09-12-2007, 09:51 PM
My clutch is just going straight to the floor when I press it. Really no resistance on it at all. Plus, you pretty much have to force the shifter into gear too.

Is this just a clutch issue or a more expensive transmission issue?

I don't know anything about clutches.

OctoberFart
09-12-2007, 09:53 PM
You need a clutch.

cdcox
09-12-2007, 09:55 PM
Sounds like you might be low on fluid too. You probaly do need a clutch, but you might be able to get around town for a day or two by adding fluid.

Thig Lyfe
09-12-2007, 09:55 PM
I don't know anything about clutches.


Neither does Herm!

HEY-O!

Guru
09-12-2007, 09:57 PM
Neither does Herm!

HEY-O!
You are giving him too much credit.

Baconeater
09-12-2007, 10:00 PM
First you blew up your van, now you burnt up your clutch? You must drive like a maniac.

Iowanian
09-12-2007, 10:01 PM
You need a clutch.

Thats not a simple do it yourself job, but at least its not cheap.

Guru
09-12-2007, 10:04 PM
First you blew up your van, now you burnt up your clutch? You must drive like a maniac.
Actually, it was when my wife was driving. This is a different vehicle too. :p

Even older than the van was and has 108k miles.

Guru
09-12-2007, 10:05 PM
You need a clutch.

Thats not a simple do it yourself job, but at least its not cheap.

Its NOT cheap?

Iowanian
09-12-2007, 10:06 PM
A clutch is likely not a cheap fix.....

Is it a car/truck? Is it a 4x4?

Guru
09-12-2007, 10:07 PM
A clutch is likely not a cheap fix.....

Is it a car/truck? Is it a 4x4?
1995 Geo Prizm Not a 4x4 either.

I noticed another thread for a 91 prizm. Not a good night for the Geo.

Dave Lane
09-12-2007, 10:17 PM
Actually I'll bet you have air in your clutch fluid lines...

Adding fluid and bleeding them might totally fix the problem

Dave

Guru
09-12-2007, 10:18 PM
Guess the burning question is this make and model of car with 109k miles worth the repair.

Drives me nuts that some people can get 200k out of a car but I have never gotten more than 110 from any car I have owned.

Guru
09-12-2007, 10:18 PM
Actually I'll bet you have air in your clutch fluid lines...

Adding fluid and bleeding them might totally fix the problem

Dave
I have read somewhere that the clutch fluid is just normal brake fluid. Is this true?

Baconeater
09-12-2007, 10:22 PM
I have read somewhere that the clutch fluid is just normal brake fluid. Is this true?
If it's a hydraulic clutch, then yes, it is.

Baconeater
09-12-2007, 10:24 PM
Guess the burning question is this make and model of car with 109k miles worth the repair.
IMO, yes, if the car is in good shape. That mileage isn't that high.

Drives me nuts that some people can get 200k out of a car but I have never gotten more than 110 from any car I have owned.
Have I mentioned I have 215K on one of my Caravans? :)

Guru
09-12-2007, 10:25 PM
IMO, yes, if the car is in good shape. That mileage isn't that high.


Have I mentioned I have 215K on one of my Caravans? :)

Does it look like shit?
:)

Baconeater
09-12-2007, 10:28 PM
Does it look like shit?
:)
This pic is a few years old, it's started rusting a bit since then.

dtebbe
09-12-2007, 10:28 PM
Your car has a hydraulic clutch, so most likely you have a bad master and/or slave cylinder. These are not very difficult to replace, and not that expensive either. I would fill the fluid and pump the clutch pedal, and then look for fluid leaking. I've had 2 cars with hydraulic clutches, and both of the had slave cylinders go bad. Both were under $50 to fix.

Now listen - DONT BE DRIVING THE CAR BY FORCING THE CAR IN/OUT OF GEAR. You will either bend a shift fork or screw up the syncros in your transmission, and THAT will be expensive to fix.

DT

Guru
09-12-2007, 10:29 PM
This pic is a few years old, it's started rusting a bit since then.
not bad bug.

Wish I could be that lucky.

Baconeater
09-12-2007, 10:31 PM
not bad bug.

Wish I could be that lucky.
Eh, it's not like I've never had any trouble with it, I had to rebuild the transmission at about 190k. That was a cool $1100.

C-Mac
09-12-2007, 10:33 PM
Check your clutch fluid level, that will tell the story.

Guru
09-12-2007, 10:49 PM
Check your clutch fluid level, that will tell the story.
time to dig out the owners manual.

PastorMikH
09-12-2007, 11:40 PM
Your car has a hydraulic clutch, so most likely you have a bad master and/or slave cylinder. These are not very difficult to replace, and not that expensive either. I would fill the fluid and pump the clutch pedal, and then look for fluid leaking. I've had 2 cars with hydraulic clutches, and both of the had slave cylinders go bad. Both were under $50 to fix.

Now listen - DONT BE DRIVING THE CAR BY FORCING THE CAR IN/OUT OF GEAR. You will either bend a shift fork or screw up the syncros in your transmission, and THAT will be expensive to fix.

DT


Clutch Master/Slave cylinders would be my first guess too.


My Landcruiser did that a few months back. I started it in 1st, shifted by double clutching like a truck driver, and ended up coasting into the driveway in neutral. Put a $20 slave cylinder on and it's been great since.

Buck
09-12-2007, 11:42 PM
Happened to me...was the clutch master cylinder

Guru
09-12-2007, 11:43 PM
Your car has a hydraulic clutch, so most likely you have a bad master and/or slave cylinder. These are not very difficult to replace, and not that expensive either. I would fill the fluid and pump the clutch pedal, and then look for fluid leaking. I've had 2 cars with hydraulic clutches, and both of the had slave cylinders go bad. Both were under $50 to fix.

Now listen - DONT BE DRIVING THE CAR BY FORCING THE CAR IN/OUT OF GEAR. You will either bend a shift fork or screw up the syncros in your transmission, and THAT will be expensive to fix.

DT


I just hope my wife didn't do any damage driving it home last night.

Bob Dole
09-12-2007, 11:47 PM
This pic is a few years old, it's started rusting a bit since then.

Just one of the joys of living in Cornhusker country, eh?

Al Bundy
09-13-2007, 06:01 AM
I just hope my wife didn't do any damage driving it home last night.

Buddy.... that is some serious hoping...

Radar Chief
09-13-2007, 07:56 AM
I have read somewhere that the clutch fluid is just normal brake fluid. Is this true?

Look at the cap on the master cylinder, it'll be on there calling for either DOT 3 or DOT 4, and yes this is the same as brake fluid.
Dtebbe has you steered straight otherwise.

Hog Farmer
09-13-2007, 10:27 AM
If you have no pressure on your clutch pedal then you most likely have a blown silicitor gasket. You'll have to take a torch and heat up the bottom of your fuel tank until it has a mild reddish tint. Then take a punch and knock a 1/4 inch hole through the soft spot. If fuel leaks out then you will have to replace your silicitor gasket. If fuel doesn't leak out then it's OK.