Clutch Pedal, advice please.

Frank Stadmeyer stadmef at
Fri May 10 23:13:09 EDT 2002

This is the car my son took to school in Rochester, NY at RIT.  Further
investigation finds that the pedal goes to the floor on it's own. I did
look at the Bentley and it talked about the return spring.  I pointed him
in the direction of the spring also. He's looked under the dash but can't
find anything amiss but he doesn't have the benefit of the Bentley and it's
illustrations. I  sent him the pages out of the Bentley but they got
degraded somehow in the email. I hate long distance diagnosis.

All other suggestions welcome.


Frank Stadmeyer

At 09:39 PM 5/10/02 -0400, Brett Dikeman wrote:
>At 4:24 PM -0400 5/10/02, Kevin Stadmeyer wrote:
>>Hi I have a 1989 Audi 100 Q and there seems to be a problem with the clutch
>>pedal in that it is very low to the floor and even when depressed fully it
>>will not allow me to shift. I know my father lowered it somehow earlier in
>>the year and at first I thought that it was just lowered that I remembered
>>because I haven't driven it in a little bit, but now I am unable to shift
>>at all using the clutch. Any suggestions on how I might be able to raise it
>>back up or what not?
>Three possibilities:
>a)no brake fluid left and the clutch circuit has air in it.  Make
>sure the reservoir has fluid in it, at least up to the min
>line(should be halfway between min+max or thereabouts.)
>b)clutch master cylinder(where the pedal is) or the slave cylinder(on
>top of the transmission) is leaking or the hose between them is
>leaking.  Look/feel around on the carpet for fluid, and with a
>flashlight inspect the area around the top of the transmission for
>fluid(the clutch slave cylinder has a hydraulic line running to it.)
>If you get any on your hands, wash it off and don't touch anything on
>the car until you have(brake fluid destroys car paint in a matter of
>c)return spring on the clutch pedal is broken or needs lubing(I
>think; the Bentley manual mentions that if the pedal does not return,
>to check the spring and/or make sure the pedal has free travel.)
>Hope this helps...let us know what you find, maybe we can help narrow it down.
>"They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary
>safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin


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