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Old 12-04-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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Wonky clutch things.

So, my clutch went kinda soft, and I just kept pumping it up. I added some fluid, as it appeared to be low. It was working fairly well until this morning. The pedal went entirely soft, and it won't got into gear.

When I opened the hood to check the reservoir, there was fluid on the cap, but no drips or sprays. Question is: do I need to pay my mechanic 700-800 bucks to replace the whole mess, or could I just bleed it?

Money's tight, so if I could just bleed it, that would be preferable. I've been running on the same clutch for the last 50k miles, and it's the same clutch that has been in it since 2004, when I bought it.

To be a bit more concise:
1 - Why was there fluid on the cap?
2 - Is this a symptom of parts failure, or just air in the lines?


Any experience/advice would be much appreciated.

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Old 12-04-2013, 03:52 PM   #2
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Update: I pumped the clutch somewhere in the region of 700 times, and it's working again. It does look like the connector to the main line going into the bell housing slipped, though.


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Old 12-04-2013, 03:52 PM   #3
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So, my clutch went kinda soft, and I just kept pumping it up. I added some fluid, as it appeared to be low. It was working fairly well until this morning. The pedal went entirely soft, and it won't got into gear. When I opened the hood to check the reservoir, there was fluid on the cap, but no drips or sprays. Question is: do I need to pay my mechanic 700-800 bucks to replace the whole mess, or could I just bleed it? Money's tight, so if I could just bleed it, that would be preferable. I've been running on the same clutch for the last 50k miles, and it's the same clutch that has been in it since 2004, when I bought it. To be a bit more concise: 1 - Why was there fluid on the cap? 2 - Is this a symptom of parts failure, or just air in the lines? Any experience/advice would be much appreciated.
Sounds like your master cylinder is failing.....at least that would be my guess. I have had MCs fail where the rubber seals got swollen, while I do not recall having fluid on the cap, perhaps the movement of the piston with threw swollen seal was enough to cause some fluid to come out the vent hole. So I would stat with the MC.
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Please do yourself a favor and don't give ANYONE $700-$800 for a master cylinder. You can replace both the master and slave cylinder for less than $200 and it wouldn't take half an afternoon.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:01 PM   #5
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While my wife was pumping it, and it was dumping air into the reservoir like it was cool, I heard what sounded like a sucking sound on the release. Does that mean anything?
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It would be 700-800 for the clutch set and master cylinder. I just didn't have the tools to pull the tranny. The master cylinder is a breeze. Or at least it won't overtax my poor Marine brain.
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It would be 700-800 for the clutch set and master cylinder. I just didn't have the tools to pull the tranny. The master cylinder is a breeze. Or at least it won't overtax my poor Marine brain.
I am more convinced that the MC is the culprit, based on the sounds and observations.....probably will see some darkening of the fluid from the decomposing of the rubber seal. I'd suggest starting there. Good luck.
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All kinds of fun. Grazi!

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