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6.2 - Hard Clutch Pedal Issue ( Various Members,  May 18, 2005 )

Henk Hendriks asked on May 18, 2005

Recently, the clutch pedal of my '67 S-type is becoming increasingly
difficult to depress. It now is really hard work to depress it. Once I
have succeeded in that, I can change gears without any problem. So the
clutch seems to work OK but perhaps the hydraulics are not.
After depressing the pedal a few times when the car is stationary, it
becomes impossible to get it down. After a few seconds I can get it to
go down again.

Can anyone point me in the direction of a solution?


From Alan L on May 19, 2005:

Try checking for an internally collapsed hose. Happened to me.

From pajtas on May 19,2005

And take off the slave cyl, it might be rusty inside.

From Peter Smith on May 18,2005

You could narrow your search for the problem by unbolting the slave
cylinder from the transmission housing and pressing on the pedal.
If it is still stiff you know the problem in the hydraulics and not
in the clutch arm, throw out bearing, etc.
If it is easy to push the pedal then you know the opposite.
In either case you are going to expel the push rod from the slave
cylinder and loose a bunch of clutch fluid, but you were going to
end up changing the fluid in any case and you should be able to
find the push rod somewhere on your garage floor.

From JohnH on May 19, 2005

I would take a close look at the flexable hose. I should be at the back
of the engine valley. They have a record of perishing internally and
blocking or slowing down the flow of fluid. Keep at it, you will get it.


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