I have a 96 Jetta Mk3 diesel that I put a clutch in about two months ago and was working perfectly until the other day.

EVERYTHING was replaced. pplate, disc, machine fw. I was driving it the other night and suddenly the pedal would not go all the way to the floor. It is a cable clutch not hydraulic. I step on the pedal and it stops half way and won't disengage, almost like I've shoved the floor mat underneath the pedal.

It will disengage if I push extra hard but that's no good. The problem lasts about 10 or 15 steps on the pedal, then corrects itself and works perfectly again.

I also put a new clutch cable in but it didn't help.

  • I also put a new clutch cable in but it didn't help
    – Bruce
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 22:15
  • Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! Cable would have been my suggestion. You may have to take it back apart to see what's going on with it. Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 22:59
  • Thanks.. I did actually put one in last night, cause it was "having a moment" so I put in right away hoping that would fix it but no.
    – Bruce
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 23:35

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Check that the inner AND outer clutch cable is fitted securely, and not coming out of its specified locating position when the clutch pedal is released, as this would give the effect your experiencing as the pedal would effectively gain extra pulling travel on further presses once the cable had become dislodged. It's similar to severly over-adjusting the cable. A bit like like putting washers behind one of the cable ends, thus pulling the other end of the cable much further effectivly bottoming out the clutch cover fork springs giving a hard pedal around 3/4 travel.

If the cable mechanism is ok & working properly then its likely time to pull the transmission. Check that all the pressure plate springs are where they should be, I've seen them come out before and find themselves a new home between the cover and plate. This could definately create the pedal travel issue if a dislodged pressure plate spring is bouncing around between the cover and plate. Centrifugal force would likely keep it out of the way most of the time, but it could certainly move around on initial engine start or shut off giving and occasional issue.

Check also that the clutch fork is operating properly & that the release bearing isn't jamming against its pivot or along the input shaft sleeve. Also make sure the release bearing isn't coming off its retaining clips and skewing during travel possibly pushing the clutch forks in further etc.

  • I agree with this completely. I was having the exact same symptoms and part of the clutch material had broken off of my clutch. I got different pedal heights depending on where the broken clutch was in its rotation when I engaged it.
    – John Lord
    Commented Jul 29, 2018 at 4:39

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