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Hopefully someone can help - Thanks in Advance.

My daughter has a 2015 1.2 Limited Edition with approximately 29K miles. After a recent long weekend away without the car and it not being used over that period. The first time she attempted the to drive the car, she immediately new that there seemed to be an issue with the clutch. she could not get a gear and pedal did not return to normal position and basically just stayed on the floor. I went out to assist and can confirm that the pedal was in a low position. I'm no mechanic, but I thought to check the Clutch/Brake Hydraulic reservoir for level and possible loss of fluid, Nothing obvious and when lid was removed it showed hydraulic fluid right on the max line as should be. Also had a general look about (not sure what to really look for) and could not see any obvious signs of leaks or fluid loss. I replace reservoir cap and returned to the drivers seat. Pedal had seemed to have returned to normal position, so I pumped it several times, started the engine, at which point I could select all gears. I then drove the car without any issues, although I did mention that the clutch pedal action felt felt light in comparison to a Ford Fiesta that we also have in the family. I do not drive either car very often, and my daughter seemed to think it felt ok and relatively normal.

Everything seemed to be ok, but as I want my daughter to be safe and confident with driving the car. I booked it in to a local repair garage and described the issue we had. They kept the car for the day and test drove several times over the day, but could not replicate the issue and basically said that is was driving fine with no obvious hydraulic fluid loss. I appreciate it must be difficult to try and diagnose a fault when the car is driving as is should when the garage had it.

Fast forward 3 or 4 days and my daughter was driving home from work and had to stop at set of traffic lights. On green she depressed the clutch pedal to select 1st but the pedal stayed on the floor and she could not select 1st or any other gear. She pumped the clutch pedal a few times and eventually got 1st gear and then drove home without incident. I immediately went out to the car and had look around and could not see anything obvious, but as I said I'm no mechanic. I decided to drive the car for the next couple of days to see if issue would repeat while I was actually driving the car. But apart from the clutch pedal action feeling light the car drove without incident.

So we are at the point where my daughter has lost confidence in driving the car in case she breaks down, and I want to know the car is as safe as it can be for her. Hopefully someone might have some advice on what could be causing this intermittent fault.

New to these owners forums, so apologise the long winded description. I just thought that more info I put down the better it would be for someone to recognise the possible fault and maybe a solution.

Again thank if advance for any help and advice.
 

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It will either be the clutch slave cylinder in the gearbox or master cylinder in the engine compartment

Take it to a clutch/gearbox specialist to confirm.

If it's the slave cylinder as I suspect prepare for a hefty bill as the gearbox will need to come
 

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Rickardo - Thanks for advice on possible reasons for intermittent clutch problem.

As I said I'm no mechanic, but if it was a issue with either the master or slave cylinder, would that not show in the reservoir hydraulic fluid level going down. Level has not moved in the week since daughter first had issue. (still bang on the Max Level line)

When I have driven the car there were no issues apart from the pedal feeling light in my opinion, but I don't normally drive the car to compare before and after. Any advice or tips on how you can tell if it master or slave cylinder that might be the issue.
 

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I can only go on the experience I had with my Corsa,where it displayed similar issues and the culprit was the slave cylinder.

The fluid level seemed OK but air was being drawn into the system
 

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Hopefully someone can help - Thanks in Advance.

My daughter has a 2015 1.2 Limited Edition with approximately 29K miles. After a recent long weekend away without the car and it not being used over that period. The first time she attempted the to drive the car, she immediately new that there seemed to be an issue with the clutch. she could not get a gear and pedal did not return to normal position and basically just stayed on the floor. I went out to assist and can confirm that the pedal was in a low position. I'm no mechanic, but I thought to check the Clutch/Brake Hydraulic reservoir for level and possible loss of fluid, Nothing obvious and when lid was removed it showed hydraulic fluid right on the max line as should be. Also had a general look about (not sure what to really look for) and could not see any obvious signs of leaks or fluid loss. I replace reservoir cap and returned to the drivers seat. Pedal had seemed to have returned to normal position, so I pumped it several times, started the engine, at which point I could select all gears. I then drove the car without any issues, although I did mention that the clutch pedal action felt felt light in comparison to a Ford Fiesta that we also have in the family. I do not drive either car very often, and my daughter seemed to think it felt ok and relatively normal.

Everything seemed to be ok, but as I want my daughter to be safe and confident with driving the car. I booked it in to a local repair garage and described the issue we had. They kept the car for the day and test drove several times over the day, but could not replicate the issue and basically said that is was driving fine with no obvious hydraulic fluid loss. I appreciate it must be difficult to try and diagnose a fault when the car is driving as is should when the garage had it.

Fast forward 3 or 4 days and my daughter was driving home from work and had to stop at set of traffic lights. On green she depressed the clutch pedal to select 1st but the pedal stayed on the floor and she could not select 1st or any other gear. She pumped the clutch pedal a few times and eventually got 1st gear and then drove home without incident. I immediately went out to the car and had look around and could not see anything obvious, but as I said I'm no mechanic. I decided to drive the car for the next couple of days to see if issue would repeat while I was actually driving the car. But apart from the clutch pedal action feeling light the car drove without incident.

So we are at the point where my daughter has lost confidence in driving the car in case she breaks down, and I want to know the car is as safe as it can be for her. Hopefully someone might have some advice on what could be causing this intermittent fault.

New to these owners forums, so apologise the long winded description. I just thought that more info I put down the better it would be for someone to recognise the possible fault and maybe a solution.

Again thank if advance for any help and advice.
Hi, did you get to the bottom of it? I'm having the exact same problem, I've had a new clutch, slave cylinder and master cylinder, still doing it 🤦‍♂️
 
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