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Re: Clutch problems...

To: Geoffrey Gallaway <>, mgs@Autox.Team.Net
Subject: Re: Clutch problems...
From: Rocky Frisco <>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 19:46:02 -0500
Geoffrey Gallaway wrote:

> Hi gang..
> I'm trying to figure out if I need to replace my master or slave clutch
> cylinder. I haven't been able to discover which one is really the culprit so
> I thought I'd describe it here and get some opinions and ideas..
> If I let the car sit for a day or two the clutch will not work, the pedal
> goes to the floor and does nothing.. I can fill the resevoir up with more
> fluid, pump it a few dozen times and drive the car around without any
> problem. The use of the clutch does not seem to speed up the loss of fluid..
> If left sitting over night the clutch will almost work, two pumps of the
> pedal and it's back to working well for the rest of the day..
> Any ideas what may be causing this problem? I'm on a tight budget and I'd
> like to just replace whatever is causing the problem...

Sounds like the fluid is leaking; first you need to find out where 
it's leaking. I would guess it's the slave cylinder, but that's not 
necessarily the case. Look under the car and see where it's leaking 
fluid. It might be the slave cylinder; it might be a worn or broken 
line or flex hose. Even master cylinders can leak.

The fact that you can get it back working by adding fluid, but you 
don't have to bleed it to make it work, suggests that it's the slave 
cylinder inner seals, since that's a unique case that will sort-of 
bleed it just by pumping to make the fluid replace the air.

I would guess it's leaking like crazy.

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