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Recently, my gen 2 cruze’s clutch has been sticking to the floor. Sometimes it work. Perfectly, sometimes there’s absolutely 0 pressure and I can’t even drive my car, and sometimes it can be pushed in and will retract slowly or not at all. This just started happening after getting like a foot of snow for several days. Has anyone else had transmission, clutch, or gearbox problems in their manual trans cruzes?
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It's been a couple of days driving my "new" car and I must say it does not feel the same at all. There was definitely something wrong from the factory.
I had that same feeling after my car was repaired. It was like the abrupt change to having a firm clutch pedal was jarring, and it made me think there was a problem that had been slowly getting worse for months and that I only noticed it right at the end when the clutch went VERY soft.
 

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I have a 2015 and my clutch pedal will stick halfway to the floor and I literally have to pick it up with my foot and then everything goes back to normal I agree a car this new should not have problems oh and let me add it’s very hard to go into gear sometimes and when I break at night everything dims headlights interior lights tail lights
 

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I have a 2015 and my clutch pedal will stick halfway to the floor and I literally have to pick it up with my foot and then everything goes back to normal I agree a car this new should not have problems oh and let me add it’s very hard to go into gear sometimes and when I break at night everything dims headlights interior lights tail lights
Have you done any maintenance? Have you done a clutch bleed? New Fluid? A 6 year old car (if it has an original battery) may be on its way out. I am finding more and more with these cars (and all cars for that matter) that regular pre-emptive maintenance is the key to avoiding problems. If I have a car battery older then 5 years, I just change it, and continue to have worry free thoughts as my experience tells me (especially in the colder climate of Canada) You should always have a newish battery in your car.

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There IS a TSB on this issue. It has to do with a part of the clutch hydraulics that gets clogged and blocks fluid flow. Have the dealership show you the TSB.. I'll try to find the number and post it here. IT IS A KNOWN PROBLEM with the clutch hydraulics on this car, and as others have stated, it requires transaxle removal to replace it.. so no dealership is going to WANT to do the fix, as that is a big job, and one can assume GM does not well compensate them for the work.
You are a God send. I don't know how I missed this. I have a LS. I thought it was the clutch. It kept doing it randomly though. Day it got towed in no issues. What the hell man.

Chevy said it was the clutch. They called me 2 hours after it showed up. I knew there was no way it was the clutch. They said it just cause it was stuck.

So I did more research. What do you know. This problem exactly.

MONTHS later because I thought I had to drop 3600 on a new clutch at less than 50K miles.

It's the slave cylinder. It is this TSB. Fixed. I had to go aways to get it fixed ... but it is fixed. Powertrain warranty. I was adamant and didnt give up.

It's odd driving my car again after it being dead for so long.
 

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I appreciate all this information. The clutch pedal on my 2018 Cruze would not come off the floor a couple of times recently and the car would not shift gears. I father from comments above that it is a defective slave cylinder/clutch actuator, which requires pulling the transmission to replace. Costly job even if you can get the part, which apparently retails for $100 or less.
 

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I appreciate all this information. The clutch pedal on my 2018 Cruze would not come off the floor a couple of times recently and the car would not shift gears. I father from comments above that it is a defective slave cylinder/clutch actuator, which requires pulling the transmission to replace. Costly job even if you can get the part, which apparently retails for $100 or less.
NO! Find a GM service center. IF you are under the powertrain warranty it should be replaced BY warranty.

Chevrolet TSBPIP5558C . I PRAY FOR YOU THAT IT IS STILL UNDER WARRANTY AND YOU ARE UNDER THE MILEAGE. 60K or 5 years I believe. Call GM/Chevrolet.

You have to specifically describe what happened. You have to tell them you think it may be because of the specific TSB, and you have done research on this, to see if there were issues.

If they're competent enough, and an honest shop, they will do a thorough diagnosis. I had one locally they took NOT EVEN AN HOUR to get back to me, yes, there is issues with your car. It isn't shifting and the clutch is stuck to the floor. You need a new clutch. QUOTED 3500$ for parts, labor and service.

I had my car TOWED BACK HOME, after it had to be TOWED FROM A GAS STATION to their shop. Car was home all within 24 hours. OH, and I had to pay like 200$ for them to diagnose it. TOTALLY RIPPED OFF THERE, and I am never going there ever again, and it is a local Chevy, GM, and a few other make dealership/shop.

My car sat for a few months, while I did MORE research, and came across the TSB, because I couldn't find it before last summer.

I called GM, they looked up my vehicle and it was INDEED covered when Titus-Will Chevrolet said it wasn't. I wasn't even at 51K miles. I found a shop. GM, actually had to talk with the SHOP/SERVICE CENTER, to confirm it was indeed the TSB and a actual thorough diagnosis, of what the TSB states.

It took them 2 days to diagnosis it. They looked at it on the undercarriage, they took it for a few drives to try to mock it and BOOM it finally did it. They checked the undercarriage again, and yes fluid indeed was dripping onto the line.

They called me, to let me know, they ordered the part AFTER they called GM, and confirmed that it was the TSB issue. My car was fixed, and COVERED 100% UNDER POWERTRAIN WARRANTY.

Do not pay for unecessary services or costs that have nothing to do with it.They have to replace specific parts.

My car has driven like it is brand new BUT BETTER, since it was fixed and I picked it up in November I think? Thats how long the debacle took. A WHILE. From it happening, seizing, and research and fixing it took MONTHS!

But once I figured out it was the car, and not a recall, not broken, it was a specific random defect the TSB. It took less than a week to get fixed, diagnosed and covered and back to me.

YES I had to tow it an hour away, and it was about a 40 ish mile trip for it. AAA came in super handy for that. WORTH IT>
 

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Add my 2017 RS manual, gas, hatch to the dead clutch club. Went out on the Interstate, luckily it was not a Harry Chapin situation. I'm at 89,000 miles and out of warranty, so she might be sitting in the driveway for a while. I can hand pump it and get two or three shifts out of it and then push it in gear, that can get dangerous here and there, like around turns where you don't know how fast you're gonna be able to go and still make the turn and if you're gonna be able to get it in gear at that speed.
 

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I have a 2016 Cruze 1.4L 2nd Gen LE2 6-Speed Manual. The only issue I have noticed with my clutch is that sometimes the pedal is really stiff and hard to press but that usually goes away after a few minutes or so and the rest of the time it feels normal. The longest it ever did that was half a day.

Also, I think my throw out bearings are going bad because when I’m in Neutral with my foot off the clutch pedal you can hear an audible metal rattling sound and you can feel it too, but when you press the clutch in it immediately goes away and immediately comes back when you release the clutch at idle in neutral. Any help is much appreciated.
 

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I own a 2017 Cruze with only a little over 25,000 miles. My powertrain warranty runs out Oct 2, 2022. My clutch pedal has been sticking about an inch and a half from the floor since early July. I have been to a dealer who says they ordered parts for it at the very beginning of August. (Cost me $149 for the service call ) I have a trouble ticket in with Chevy but the lady that has my case hasn't responded for about two weeks even after I talked to two other people at Chevy who said she would contact me that day. I'm ready to get my congressman and Pittsburgh TV news involved. Half the time my clutch is fine and the other half of the time it gives me trouble like making me pull it up with my foot. I'm worried that the clutch doesn't completely engage when the pedal sticks and I am going to have a burnt out clutch pad by the time this ever gets fixed (assuming GM even honors their warranty instead of pushing me past Oct 2 and saying I'm out of warranty).
 

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I own a 2017 Cruze with only a little over 25,000 miles. My powertrain warranty runs out Oct 2, 2022. My clutch pedal has been sticking about an inch and a half from the floor since early July. I have been to a dealer who says they ordered parts for it at the very beginning of August. (Cost me $149 for the service call ) I have a trouble ticket in with Chevy but the lady that has my case hasn't responded for about two weeks even after I talked to two other people at Chevy who said she would contact me that day. I'm ready to get my congressman and Pittsburgh TV news involved. Half the time my clutch is fine and the other half of the time it gives me trouble like making me pull it up with my foot. I'm worried that the clutch doesn't completely engage when the pedal sticks and I am going to have a burnt out clutch pad by the time this ever gets fixed (assuming GM even honors their warranty instead of pushing me past Oct 2 and saying I'm out of warranty).
They owe you a replacement of the slave cylinder.


And a refund of the service call.
 

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Update to the above: The GM representative was off sick and did call me this morning when he got back to work. The parts are on order and he has already requested that the parts be shipped asap as they are all on backorder. GM seems like they are on the ball. He assured me my car would be taken care of.
 

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Update to the above: The GM representative was off sick and did call me this morning when he got back to work. The parts are on order and he has already requested that the parts be shipped asap as they are all on backorder. GM seems like they are on the ball. He assured me my car would be taken care of.
As long as the problem is diagnosed and is in the computer for repair while the warranty is in effect, it's covered by warranty.

I discovered this when I had a CEL come on while I was out-of-town. I phoned my dealership service guy on Friday and set it up to be looked at, but I pointed out that the mileage on the car was going to roll over past the warranty because I was going to use the car for the weekend before I got it to him on Monday afternoon. He got the mileage entered into the computer and told me that tip - as long as the work order is open (not closed out) while the warranty is in effect, it's covered. After they did the repair on my car (replaced a sensor) he kept the ticket open another week just to make sure I could drive the car and nothing else happened with it going bad again.
 

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As long as the problem is diagnosed and is in the computer for repair while the warranty is in effect, it's covered by warranty.

I discovered this when I had a CEL come on while I was out-of-town. I phoned my dealership service guy on Friday and set it up to be looked at, but I pointed out that the mileage on the car was going to roll over past the warranty because I was going to use the car for the weekend before I got it to him on Monday afternoon. He got the mileage entered into the computer and told me that tip - as long as the work order is open (not closed out) while the warranty is in effect, it's covered. After they did the repair on my car (replaced a sensor) he kept the ticket open another week just to make sure I could drive the car and nothing else happened with it going bad again.
 

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My powertrain warranty runs out Oct 2, 2022
My only other suggestion to you is that if the parts haven't arrived to repair your car, you drop it off at the dealership on September 30 and leave it with them. You should get a loaner car from them. If the balk, you can explain that you have to leave it with them so that it's in their hands while still under warranty.
 

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My only other suggestion to you is that if the parts haven't arrived to repair your car, you drop it off at the dealership on September 30 and leave it with them. You should get a loaner car from them. If the balk, you can explain that you have to leave it with them so that it's in their hands while still under warranty.
Interesting idea. GM has told me that it will be covered under warranty whenever the parts arrive. Do you still think I should do that?
 
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