The clutch release is not suppose to pulled out. You have to fully seat the clutch release lever by first turning it counter clockwise so that it sits at the 3:00o'clock position. Push it all the way in. Then, rotate it 180-degrees counterclockwise so that it catches the pin. Now, once you feel it attached and in the normal position, rotate it out again (carefully) and put in the cable on this in first, rotate it counterclockwise then attach the cable to the lever.