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Hey guys. I have a 1989 F350 7.3. When i first got the truck it was almost impoissible to start the truck becasue you had to press the clutch so hard for the safety to disengage. So we disconnected that. Ever since ive had the truck the clutch always seemed to 'grab' to quickly off the floor. (due to worn pedal assembly?) Anyways a few months ago i started noticing that 1st gear starts were getting a little harder and that all gears shifting was a bit rougher. I kept smelling what smelt to me like a burning clutch. Soon after that the truck got really hard to drive. Now the clutch still 'works' it just fully engages about half an inch of the floor. Once you let off it it wont return back up so you have to pull it up with your foot. Now like i said the truck is still driveable becasue the clutch works it just defiantley isnt right. Someone said that it may be the slave cylinders. I also noticed that the pedal assembly itself was very worn. Any ideas?

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Sounds like the clutch hydraulic system has air in it or either the slave or master cylinder is bad. Mine did basically the same thing you are talking about. I went and got a new clutch master cylinder, put it in, bled the system, and all is good . Bleeding the air out is a pain though.

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thanks for the help..looks like some more work in the near future lol

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