1992 Acura Integra Clutch pedal stays down, steering wheel

Tiny
KIGLH
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  • 1992 ACURA INTEGRA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 173,000 MILES
Yesterday I got in my car and began to start it; but when my foot went to engage the clutch, the clutch went all the way down with no force and the car started, only problem is the clutch won't come back up unless I lift it with my foot or hand. There is a certain level, I say a few centimeters between the clutch engaged and disengaged positions, disengaged meaning I can be in gear and drive. Engaged meaning I can switch gears. I can drive it, but must cut it off in order to get to a lower gear and I must start the car in the gear, other than that I have to bruteforce the car into gear. That is my biggest problem, but another problem I am having after getting the clutch replaced is the steering wheel has a creaking or rubbing noise while turning but it doesn't affect the turn.

What can be wrong with my clutch pedal? I checked the brake and hydraulic fluids and they are good, I noticed the radiator tank was empty though I don't know what goes there, my clutch is brand new as of january, I did do some forcing the car out of snow traps and may have had some underbody banging due to snow mounds and snow covered parking lots. The pedal is at the most half an inch off the floor when disengaged and it doesn't bother the car while driving.
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Monday, February 15th, 2010 AT 4:15 PM

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Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Hi kiglh,

The clutch hydraulics are faulty and it could be due to a bad master cylinder or the clutch pedal to master cylinder push rod is not adjusted correctly.

If the recovery tank is empty, remove the radiator cap and check the coolant level. It could be low as well and this indicates a leak somewhere in the system. Problem should be rectified asap to avoid damaging the engine due to overheating.
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Thursday, February 18th, 2010 AT 12:22 PM

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