2003 Nissan Altima Clutch goes to floor and does not return

Tiny
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  • 2003 NISSAN ALTIMA
Transmission problem
2003 Nissan Altima 6 cyl Manual 68000 miles

Occasionally the clutch pedal goes to the floor without disengageing the clutch from the transmission.

I am able to get it restored by pumping it up using my hand to pull it up from floor and depressing it again and again, like pumping up brakes after a brake change. I know the cluth operates by hydraulic cylinder. Is there a history of this with Nissan and what is the fix?
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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 AT 2:45 PM

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Tiny
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Faulty slave cylinder. The seal is not maintaining the vacuum needed for clutch operation. Replace the slave cylinder unit. Make sure you bleed the clutch system before driving.

Also read this thread about the clutch sinking. You may want to read Justin's (Tuko316) last post about the master cylinder and the clutch pedal.

Let me know what you find out.
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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 AT 11:55 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for the speedy answer about the slave sylinder. You mention reading Justin's (tuko316) last post about the master cylinder, but the hot link does not take me there.

I have contacted my dealer and he says I need to bring it in to be checked, problem is I am 8,000 miles out of warranty, but he said if it's bad he will contact Nissan, and he says they are pretty good about taking care of things like this. The problem occurred initially in July 2007 and at that time the dealer had no idea what problem was and never mentioned it could be under warranty. Go Figure.
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Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 AT 9:16 AM
Tiny
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About Tuko316, read all the posts, not just the last post. It says it all.

As the problem with your dealer, just in case they refuse warranty. Usually, if you can prove that you went in to service a problem while within the warranty period and they couldn't/didn't fix, and now you know (per your research) exactly what it is to fix, they usually will accept the warranty charge.
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Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 AT 9:36 PM

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