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#4623880 - 01/04/18 01:49 PM Clutch is very stiff
A_A_G Offline

Registered: 06/13/08
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Loc: D-town
2008 Scion xB, the clutch has become very stiff and have to press it all the way down to get it to start. Any ideas what could be the problem? Clutch isn't brand new, but it has 47k on the replacment.

#4623888 - 01/04/18 01:53 PM Re: Clutch is very stiff [Re: A_A_G]
ZeeOSix Offline

Registered: 07/22/10
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Loc: PNW
How's the clutch actuated? Hydraulic, linkage, cable ... ? Might be something binding in the pedal or actuation system.

#4623898 - 01/04/18 02:05 PM Re: Clutch is very stiff [Re: A_A_G]
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#4623911 - 01/04/18 02:15 PM Re: Clutch is very stiff [Re: A_A_G]
Number_35 Offline

Registered: 07/07/14
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Originally Posted By: A_A_G
I would change the fluid. Same reservoir as the brakes?

#4623925 - 01/04/18 02:32 PM Re: Clutch is very stiff [Re: A_A_G]
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Registered: 12/15/16
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Did this issue occur suddenly or was it a graduate increase over time?
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#4623938 - 01/04/18 02:41 PM Re: Clutch is very stiff [Re: A_A_G]

Registered: 11/28/08
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I'd check fluid / slave cylinder

I'm surprised you are having ANY clutch problems at such a low mileage... You did a full clutch replacement already?
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#4623963 - 01/04/18 03:01 PM Re: Clutch is very stiff [Re: A_A_G]
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Is D town Detroit? How cold has it been there?
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#4623996 - 01/04/18 03:26 PM Re: Clutch is very stiff [Re: A_A_G]
JMJNet Offline

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More importantly, what is the temperature when this happened?

Before you do anything, wait till temperature is up and see if it is still happening.
If not, then blame it on the temperature.
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#4624103 - 01/04/18 05:23 PM Re: Clutch is very stiff [Re: A_A_G]
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Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 480
Loc: Vienna, VA
This used to happen with my infiniti in west Virginia ta college. I had a stage 3 clutch in the car and even when new if it was below 25 outside the clutch would be very stuff and impossible to "pop". It would just let itself out slowly if you took your foot off. Very odd. My mr2 does the same in the cold with being stiff. The infiniti was tied into the brake reservoir and the mr2 is independent.
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#4624197 - 01/04/18 06:58 PM Re: Clutch is very stiff [Re: A_A_G]
Chris142 Offline

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May need grease on the quill.
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#4624257 - 01/04/18 08:04 PM Re: Clutch is very stiff [Re: A_A_G]
mehullica Offline

Registered: 08/19/09
Posts: 554
Loc: Modesto,CA
OEM clutch?

#4624306 - 01/04/18 09:25 PM Re: Clutch is very stiff [Re: A_A_G]
NibbanaBanana Offline

Registered: 05/23/16
Posts: 292
Loc: New England
Maybe a broken coil spring popped out of the disk and is jamming the leaf springs. This happened to me once.
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#4624761 - 01/05/18 10:30 AM Re: Clutch is very stiff [Re: A_A_G]
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Registered: 07/23/14
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Loc: North TEXAS
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