1997 Volkswagen Golf Clutch issues

Tiny
DIESEL21
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  • 1997 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF
  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 180,000 MILES
My clutch pedal went to the floor while I was driving and wont come back up unless I pull it up with my hand or foot, the clutch will not engage, ive been told it could be the slave cylinder but there isnt one that I can find, clutch looks like its cable and not hydrolic. I need help dionosing this problem, the tranny has a leak somewhere has build up on the bottom with some fresh tranny fluid drippping on a slow leak, if somebody could help me im about to take the tranny out and loos myself
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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 AT 7:03 AM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Have you checked the clutch cable? And yes, your vehicle doesn't have a slave cylinder or clutch master cylinder.
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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 AT 8:47 PM
Tiny
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Yeah that was the first thing I checked. The cable is fine
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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 AT 8:58 PM
Tiny
EXOVCDS
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The "throw out bearing lever" could be cracked.

Remove the green round endplate at the end of the transmission and check
if the lever is broken... very common on the 020 transmission.

Watch this 8 image animation I made... #8 shows the crack in the lever.

https://www.2carpros.com/images/external/Clutch_Lever.gif

Thomas
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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 AT 9:27 PM
Tiny
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I took the green cap off like you said and there is bearing beads in the area loose. I know that can't be good. What could that be?
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Friday, July 4th, 2014 AT 11:36 AM
Tiny
EXOVCDS
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Broken release bearing?

https://www.2carpros.com/images/external/305928_x800.jpg

Looks like this in pieces:

https://www.2carpros.com/images/external/Oct25%20024s.jpg

The cracked lever that I mentioned "pushes" against this bearing... if it is broken, then that would explain your low pedal.

Thomas
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Friday, July 4th, 2014 AT 2:05 PM
Tiny
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Yeah that's exactly what it was but it was in pieces. I had to take off the housing so I could get to the release bearing. Before that I took out the clutch lever and there was metal shavings everywhere
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Friday, July 4th, 2014 AT 3:39 PM
Tiny
DIESEL21
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Also I accidentally pulled out a rod too far that has a spring at the end of it and it will not go back in. Anyone have any clue how that goes back in
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Friday, July 4th, 2014 AT 4:22 PM
Tiny
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Here is the disassembly:
http://brokevw.com/teardown.html

Thomas
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Saturday, July 5th, 2014 AT 8:23 AM
Tiny
AIRMENGOOSE
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I have same problem. There is also fluid coming from the plug found on top of the transmission. Can you avoid his mistake by not pulling out the rod?
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Thursday, September 18th, 2014 AT 1:18 PM

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