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      Solved: Clutch Sticks to Floor

      So I pulled off the freeway and into city traffic yesterday when I noticed the clutch started to feel a little... sticky when I was pressing it in. The resistance of the pedal was not consistent throughout the stroke. Then the situation quickly got worse, the clutch pedal stuck to the floor. After lifting my foot, it would take a few seconds before popping out and jerking the car into gear. Kept getting worse to the point where it was stuck for over a minute before popping out so I pulled over. Tried giving the pedal a few kicks to see if I could get something unstuck (hadn't driven the car for a few months, figured maybe something seized up). No luck, I could manually actuate the pedal back and forth but the clutch was stuck open and would not engage.

      So I got a tow back to my place, let the car sit for a few hours. When I decided to roll it into the garage to take a look, I figured I'd play around with the pedal again. Wouldn't you know it, my clutch is working perfectly fine again and I drove it straight into the garage.

      Is my clutch getting kickbacks from the tow company, or do you guys have any insight here? I'm assuming it's something heat related. I don't know much about clutch hydraulics, anything I should be looking for there?

      Any help is appreciated.

      It's a 2004 Aveo, 5-spd Manual, ~145000kms, stock drive train


      Last edited by RGoessl; 08-22-2017 at 05:28 PM. Reason: resolved

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      It is probably your clutch master or slave cylinder. One is leaking and not allowing the clutch to actuate properly.

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      Replaced slave cylinder on clutch (really easy job, easily accessible from front of engine), bled the system same way you bleed brakes. Seems to be working fine so far.

      Return spring on old cylinder didn't seem to be working. I think the piston was also sticking to the cylinder wall based on the behaviour.

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      I think we have the same issue. Thanks for this post. I have never bled a clutch or break. I am new to fixing cars. Thanks once again.

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      My clutch pedal stayed on the floor when the car was new and the temperature was -20F. After putting 5K miles on the car I never had trouble again.





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