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Old 10-14-2010, 01:39 AM   #1
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'87 is drinking clutch fluid

About half way through a 500 mile drive at a stop for gas my clutch decided to stop working. It would not disengage that is to say, the petal was loose and unresponsive. After limping into the gas station i noticed the clutch master cylinder was almost empty. I bought some DOT 3 fluid, filled up the small reservoir and proceeded to pump the clutch petal until I was able to disengage the clutch and shift.

The rest of the trip was spent filling and pumping the clutch every time I had to stop. There was extensive fluid leaking from between the transfer case and the trans that was as dark as 30 year old oil but as thin as break fluid.

I obviously have a leak and I'm wondering if this is a repair I can do in my apartment garage with basic tools and knowledge or if I should find a "competent" mechanic?

Oh yeah, the clutch plate and master cylinder was replaced shortly after I purchased the vehicle about a year ago.

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Old 10-14-2010, 07:07 AM   #2
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I had the same problem, Mine was leaking at the slave cylinder ( not that bad tho ), I did it myself & it was not hard to do at all, Get yourself a haynes manual.. I also think you should change the Master & the slave cylinder together... They are not that much money either.. I say do them both together just to avoid future problems ...

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I went through a pile of throw out berrings in my 87. Would be worth checking
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Old 10-14-2010, 11:01 AM   #4
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Had that prob with an ol truck. Slave cyclindar most likly
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