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I have 2000 OBW, 190K miles, manual. Clutch went out suddenly (engine revved high, but car no go). Replaced clutch for $1,300, but now I have a very hard time with first and second gears. A couple problems: 1) clutch is very rough to engage, with lots of shuddering and almost killing engine getting it into first gear (worst) and second (fairly rough), especially if having to get it into first from a stop, going uphill. Lots of revving/gassing before I can find the tiny part in the range of the clutch pedal where the clutch engages. This issue seems to be getting worse. 2) clutch engages when pedal is so high that my thigh is barely on the car seat...very fatigueing to leg in stop and go traffic when constantly in first and second gear. 3) sounds like a squeaky cricket in clutch pedal 4) occasionally clutch pedal gets stuck down at floor of car, and I have to pull it back up with my foot (this last was already an issue before clutch replacement).

After trying to get used to the new clutch for a couple weeks, I went back to the shop with these issues. I was told something like "it's a hydraulic clutch, there's no way to adjust it." They did agree however to look at it after the Christmas holidays. I just called to make appointment, and was told on the phone "sounds like maybe it's the master cylinder...."

I don't know much about cars, but don't want to be ripped off, so am trying to learn more before I go in next week. So my questions: 1) is this normal for a new clutch, do I just have to get used to it? 2) does it need some kind of adjustment, and is there a way to adjust it? 3) does it sound like I need a master cylinder, or more work on it? I feel like $1,300 should have bought me a whole new clutch, ready to go, without further expenses involved

thanks for any help.
 

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Doesn't sound normal, I'd say the master cylinder is not moving the slave cylinder enough the work the clutch correctly.

You could try bleeding it to remove air from the system, if this doesn't fix it then it looks like a new M/C is in order.
 
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