Clutch Pedal Return - Help Please
OK, here's the dumb question for the day. '93 Jeep Wrangler YJ. Was doing just fine until maybe 3 weeks ago when the clutch pedal began to "sag". Rather than returning up to the same height as the brake pedal, it was hanging a couple inches lower. It has dropped a little further every day since. At this point it appears to be so close to the floor that there is not enough "throw" to completely disengage between gear shifts. Can't always get through the gears without grinding.
Where to go from here? Is there a return spring that may have weekend or broken? A cable that might be stretched? A fluid resevoir (similar to brakes) that might be low or have sprung a leak? Other? I'd like to think it was not in the clutch itself since the transmission was just out of the Jeep about a year ago and estimated to still have 75% of it's life left.
It does not slip (even under stress of quick take offs or pulling of a boat). It simply seems like the dang pedal is not being returned. The pedal can be effortlessly "lifted" with a toe, but drops freely back to it's sagging position.