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Re: [Healeys] Clutch woes

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Subject: Re: [Healeys] Clutch woes
From: Bob Spidell <bspidell@comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:04:15 -0800
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"... Doug Reid made and sold a bleeder extension that put the bleeder 
screw above the bell housing ..."

I've got one of those.  One of the best 'mods' I ever made to my BJ8.  
Bled the clutch once in the parking lot of a restaurant in Durango, 
waiting for the restaurant to open.


On 2/17/2019 5:45 PM, Bob Haskell wrote:
> Tom,
> The bleed screw is on top as any air in the system will seek the 
> highest point.  Before he passed, Doug Reid made and sold a bleeder 
> extension that put the bleeder screw above the bell housing, next to 
> the cylinder head.  If you can find one, it would make future bleeding 
> easier.
> If you buy a new master or slave cylinder, make sure that it's 
> compatible with silicone.  The last master cylinder I bought wasn't.
> Cheers,
> Bob Haskell
> Austin Healey 3000 MkI registrar
> http://www.ciahc.org/registry_3000mk1.php
> On 2/17/19 3:58 PM, Tom Felts wrote:
>> update--slave was pretty dirty inside but the rubber looked great--no 
>> obvious erosion at all.  Pulled the flex rubber line and did't see 
>> any defects---but will replace it anyway.  Will pull the master and 
>> rebuild it just in case.  It is a B***H to get to.
>> Oh---the bleed screw on the slave is at the top where you can't get 
>> to it unless you remove the tunnel hump.  Assuming you can bend the 
>> rubber hose enough, is there any problem moving the bleed screw to 
>> the bottom?
>> Tom
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Tom Felts <tomfelts@windstream.net>
>> To: healeys@autox.team.net
>> Sent: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:18:27 -0500 (EST)
>> Subject: [Healeys] Clutch woes
>> Went out to do my mid-winter start up and general check of the BJ8 
>> today.  Pushed in the clutch---absolutely no resistance and went 
>> right to the floor.  Checked fluid--empty.  No obvious leaks from the 
>> master----some leaks on the floor---haven;t climbed under her yet, 
>> but will---suspect the slave.
>> Oh well--at least it didn't happen on the road.  BTW, I'm using, and 
>> have been using silicone fluid for a long time------wonder if the 
>> rubber in the slave finally gave up.
>> I understand there is a code # for compatible silicone fluid in 
>> clutch/brake applications---??
>> tom
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