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The clutch pedal is a small pedal only found in manual vehicles, and which is located on the left in the driverside foot well. When it is depressed it begins a sequence of events in the vehicle, starting with the master cylinder. This cylinder converts the pressure exerted from the driver into hydraulic pressure. This is then sent to the slave cylinder which pushes on the release bearing via a pushrod. The release bearing is mounted on the transmission shaft and pushes against the pressure plate assembly and clutch disc. The clutch disc creates friction with the flywheel and as a result the driver is able to change the gears of the vehicle.

clutch pedals are sometimes covered with a rubber pad for additional grip which should be replaced if they are worn. Clutch pedals themselves do not generally fail but are attached to the master cylinder rod using a retainer and plastic bushing. These parts could need replacing through general wear and damage to these parts would be indicated by movement in the clutch pedal and a feeling of a ‘loose’ clutch. These should be replaced as soon as movement is noticed to prevent further clutch damage.