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Re: Clutch bleed problems ...

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Subject: Re: Clutch bleed problems ...
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 10:11:27 -0700
First question, why were you bleeding the clutch? Had you installed new
components, or had you experienced a "soft" pedal that needed to be pumped

If the former, which components were replaced? If you didn't replace the
master, slave, and the flex hose together, then the one(s) you didn't
replace is/are probably the culprit(s).

If the latter, then presumably some of the above-named components have
failed. The statement that the fluid level in the master cylinder did not
diminish suggests that the flex hose has failed -- they often do so by
swelling internally until no fluid can pass. But from experience, I can
state that if one of the components is faulty, the others are very likely to
also be on their last legs, and might as well be renewed at the same time,
to avoid having to got through the bleeding process again.

on 4/22/01 11:39 PM, Louis Mehr (EML) at wrote:

> Good Morning Spridget and MG World,
> I've had quite a bit of trouble bleeding my clutch hydraulics over the
> weekend.
> (i) The Haynes manual does not mention the access hole in the driver's
> footwell.  Until I discovered this from a note in the Moss catalogue I was
> struggling underneath the car.
> (ii) It was very hard to turn the bleed nipple with the bleed tube attached as
> access was a big problem.  It looks like a ratchet spanner would really help
> here.  What spanner model/make will allow me to turn the bleed nipple whilst
> the tube is attached given this limited access i.e. what do the  listers use ?
> (iii) After finally charging up the circuit with fluid and bleeding using
> Easibleed I found that the clutch pedal did nothing.  There was no sign of any
> motion of the clutch slave when the pedal was pressed and the pedal pressure
> felt just the same as it did with no fluid in it.   There were no obvious
> fluid leaks and the level of fluid in the reservoir was constant.  What is the
> diagnostic procedure here ?  I'd like to pinpoint the fault before stripdown
> of the master/slave cylinders.
> Thanks in advance,
> Regards
> Louis Mehr
> Manchester, England
> 1971 A-H Sprite


Max Heim
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