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97 jetta clutch stays on the floor when you press it.
04-24-2009, 07:23 PM
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97 jetta clutch stays on the floor when you press it.
Year: 97
Model: jetta
Engine Size: 2.0
Auto/Manual: manual
Mileage: 97000

what is causing this?
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04-24-2009, 11:11 PM
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RE: 97 jetta clutch stays on the floor when you press it.
I can’t say for sure on your vehicle but most that I have worked on have a return spring located on the clutch fork arm at the transmission. Some have a second, pedal return spring located under the dash. I would start by looking in those two places to make sure that any springs that need to be there are there, hooked up, & not stretched. If the return springs are in place and working the clutch it’s self may be damaged. If a cable connects the pedal to the clutch lever, the cable may be broken. If there is a linkage rod, it may have become disconnected or broken. You may also have a hydraulic clutch in which case the master cylinder, the slave cylinder, or the hose connecting the two could be bad as well as air in the system.

That should give you some things to look for until someone with more specific knowledge of your vehicle can fill you in better.

Hope that helps, Garner

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04-24-2009, 11:20 PM (This post was last modified: 04-24-2009 11:23 PM by Rupe.)
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RE: 97 jetta clutch stays on the floor when you press it.
There's several issues that can cause this.

The most common is a worn clutch cable and it gets stuck inside the outer sheath. Remove the cable at the trany end to see if that is the cause. The cable and the pedal should move freely by hand.

If it's hydraulic (I forget when they changed over) then it could be a master or slave issue. If the fluid is empty you fill it up (DOT 3 brake fluid) and then check for leaks at both ends. Replace whatever is leaking.

Other common causes are the pressure plate (broken springs internally) or a binding of the throw out bearing and it's associated linkage, which you can feel if you work the external lever by hand. Either one of these requires removal of the trany.

At 97,000 miles it would be a wise move to replace the clutch while trany is out.
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04-26-2009, 01:50 PM
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RE: 97 jetta clutch stays on the floor when you press it.
Thanks Garner and Rupe, it is as I was thinking, I did look at the return springs and test the cable sheath, those are good to go. The second thought I had was the pressure plate and the through out bearing. I am gratefull for your replys.
Have a good one folks.
Mike
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