Kia Maintenance Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Usually a stiff clutch pedal means the pressure plate,spring fingers are worn and thus causes you too need to depress the clutch alot harder then you normally would..it doesnt mean the friction plate is worn..it the pressure plate to clear the friction plate is likely the problem.. as such it will need a new entire clutch kit installed...
Quite possible for that to happen yes..if the pressure plate is worn then it could be not fully releasing or vice versa..depends how worn exactly it is...or if there is indeed damage on the plate,fingers..you'd only really know that for sure once the gearbox is taken out..im afraid..
Sorry for the bad news..hopefully you get it sorted out.. no problem glad to help!