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Old 12-28-2009, 09:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Clutch pedal stuck on the floor?

I have had a heck of a day today. I bought a 96 f150 4x4 with a manual transmission. I get about 5 miles down the road, catch the redlight, and then push the clutch pedal in to start moving and it acts like it is in neutral and the pedal sticks to the floor. I can move it back up into position with my foot, but the clutch wont engage. Any ideas on what would cause the clutch pedal to do that? It is the inline 6 cylinder motor.

To top it off, I call the dealer back and tell him what happened and the reply I got is "That sucks. I dont know what to tell you". It was snowing,cold and windy, so I got a ride and left the truck on the side of the road.
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Clutch pedal stuck on the floor?

You have a hydraulic clutch with a small fluid resevoir on the firewall near the brake booster. Fill it with brake fluid and see if the clutch comes back. If so start looking for leaks.

Call the car dealer and ask nicely but firmly for help with the repair.
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Clutch pedal stuck on the floor?

You'll have to pump the clutch pedal by hand to get pressure back after you put more fluid in, probably have to bleed the system too. look for leaks in the line, check the fittings for tightness if they are leaking, and check around the primary and slave cylinder for leaks. If they are leaking, replace the one that is leaking. If it's the slave cylinder, it might be tougher to replace on that truck. I recommend buying a shop manual or Haynes manual to assist you. You'll save a ton of money if you do it yourself.

The dealer should have to do it. If he has a service garage, it should be a cheap, easy repair for him. He had to have known about it, check the lemon laws in your state. If he refuses to fix it, threaten to take out an ad in your local paper exposing him, and follow through if he doesn't help you. I'd also report him to the Better Business Bureau.
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Clutch pedal stuck on the floor?

Your Clutch Master Cylinder looks to have took a schitt on you.

Or like Killer said, your fluid is low. Fill & Pump or do a swap.

$45 bucks, 4 ounces of brake fluid, 25 minutes to swap it out, and you're on your way again...
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Clutch pedal stuck on the floor?

Thanks for all the help. I did a little bit of research on that transmission and it looks like the only way to fix the slave cylinder on that transmission is to take it apart from the motor and go in through the front . Sounds like you are all correct about the hydraulic fluid. And it is nice to see my luck hasnt changed. If it is worst case scenario and in a hard to reach place, it will happen to me. The funny thing is I bought the truck with a manual transmission and an inline 6 because they are mostly trouble free
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Clutch pedal stuck on the floor?

That's why I said it's a beast to change the slave on your truck. I've had to replaced the slave and the master on every mtx car I've owned (all fwd, and easy as pie). It's common to repair a hydraulic clutch system with high miles or old age.
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Re: Clutch pedal stuck on the floor?

The slave on that truck is integral with the throwout bearing. The only way to change it is by removing the transmission. I would make damn sure that is the problem before yanking the trans. The line can sometimes leak, or like others have stated the master, which is on the firewall. Hope it all works out for you.
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Old 12-30-2009, 05:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Clutch pedal stuck on the floor?

If you can put the truck in gear with the engine running, with the clutch petal up, and it don't move, then I'd say the slave cyl is stuck holding the pressure plate in the release position. Now I'm not %100 percent sure thats what you problem is, but you can remove the rubber plug from the side of the bellhousing and check.
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Re: Clutch pedal stuck on the floor?

I'm telling you that it's probably your Master NOT your slave.....


It's EASY to tell......

Look up under the dash and if there is a boot on the master pry it off, if it is wet behind the boot, replace the master and all will be well....
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