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What could cause the clutch of a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire Clutch with 32K miles to go out and go all the way to the floor and not let you shift?

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2006-05-16 16:33:51
2006-05-16 16:33:51

Either the clutch fluid level could have gotten low allowing air into the lines or you may need to replace your clutch master cylinder. Try adding DOT3 brake fluid and then pumping the clutch pedal. If you start to notice some resistance then you need to bleed the clutch hydraulic lines.

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