So, once again, my stubborn decisions are trying to haunt me. When my son started learning to drive, I went on a mission to find a cost effective car that had a manual transmission. Both my wife and I want our kids to have the "life skill" of driving a stick. We bought a 2009 Jetta with a 5 speed manual. We have had this car for just over a year and my son has just started driving on his own.
This morning, when he was getting ready to leave for school he notices that the clutch pedal is on the floor. So, the one part of the car that I insisted it has, is now the first part to fail! My wife gets in, and there is a small amount of travel in the pedal, but even with the pedal tight to the floor, she can't put the car in gear. As a matter of fact, she did manage to put it in gear and it promptly stalled the car with the pedal on the floor.
When I get home, I look for a puddle from the clutch hydraulics. I see nothing. I then pushed the car into the garage and put it up on jack stands. I presumed that I was looking for a bad master or slave cylinder. The first thing I tried to do after it was on stands was to actuate the master cylinder. I pulled up on the clutch pedal (for the first time) and....... It stayed up. Wait? WTH? So I proceeded to actuate it a bunch of times and everything seemed to be normal. I put the car back down and drove it. Has anyone ever seen this before? If the pedal was just stuck (i.e. lubrication issue or something causing the pedal assembly to bind) I would expect that the clutch would have been engaged the entire time. It definitely was NOT engaged when the pedal was stuck down. But, now it works! The car was driven yesterday afternoon with no issue. After sitting overnight, the pedal was depressed. My son is thinking maybe it stayed down when he parked it last night. Could the master cylinder have "leaked down" with the pedal stuck in the depressed state? That is the only explanation I can come up with.