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Sounds like the clutch may not be releasing completely when you press the pedal. I'd start by checking the clutch master cylinder (located below the battery tray), clutch slave cylinder (on the front of the transmission), and the line between the two cylinders. Also check under the dash, at the clutch pedal. The clutch master cylinder likes to leak into the passenger compartment there.

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The fluid running down the floorboard says that your clutch master cylinder is failing. Pumping the pedal builds up pressure, but it's only temporary.

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It's pretty easy to replace. There's a couple of bolts that hold the master cylinder to the firewall (probably the point where you'll need an extra set of hands to help), a hose with a clamp from the brake reservoir to the master, and a hard line on the bottom. Probably an hour to replace, including bleeding.

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