Why won't my clutch engage?
1981 VW Vanagon has had the following issues in last 2 weeks: Replaced points &
Distributor condenser, coil, starter connectors, fuel filter. finally got it running, went to
take test drive-Clutch pedal will go in with no resistance, unable to put into any gear.
Originally went out on me while driving on freeway. Please help. I have been blessed
with somebody to help me, but he is not familiar with these rigs.
The Vanagon uses a hydraulic system to actuate the clutch. There is a master cylinder at the transmission and a slave cylinder up front under the dash near the clutch pedal. Undoubtedly, the failure is in that system and it's where I would start. There's a ton of information on the internet from The Samba dot com and Wetwesties dot com...and so many others. The ultimate tool to help is a Bentley manual...the official technical manual for Volkswagens. If you own a Vanagon, you need one. Once your mechanic gets familiar with the manual and procedures, he'll be fine. Good luck.
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