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Old 08-05-2011, 12:39 AM
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Bloody Bleeding!

Ok so my clutch been feeling a little weird lately so I figured I may have some air in the line. I attached a rubber hose to the bleed screw, which went into a jar, the hose was submerged under fluid. I released the bleed and had my wife step the clutch all the way down and sure enough bubbles came out. I closed the bleed and had her step off of the clutch. We repeated this a bunch of times.

But here's the thing, is the hose that's connected to the bleed screw supposed to fill up with fluid? It seems no matter what we do that hose will always have air in it and whenever she pushed in the clutch the air in the hose caused the bubbles in the jar.

Am I doing something wrong here?

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Sounds like the fit of the hose to the bleeder was loose and allowing air to enter that way. As long as air stopped coming out of the bleeder itself, that is what you should be concerned with. I don't bother with putting the end of the hose in a jar of fluid.

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Sounds like the fit of the hose to the bleeder was loose and allowing air to enter that way. As long as air stopped coming out of the bleeder itself, that is what you should be concerned with. I don't bother with putting the end of the hose in a jar of fluid.
thanks goatman...I may just try it without the hose in the jar technique.

One more question to anyone who can answer this, how is the clutch supposed to feel after all the air is out? Should it feel hard to press or soft going down and springy coming up? After trying with the hose and jar I tried to take it for a test drive and I didn't even feel comfortable driving it out of the driveway. The clutch seemed to go down to the floor and shifting was still a but sticky.

Sorry guys, I've never had to bleed a clutch before.
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of all the manuals i've driven all my clutches were somewhat tough to push down but snapped back into place quickly. my jeep clutch is a different story. it's new, and bled correctly, and is somewhat easy to push down but still snaps back well. so, hate to use this statement, but maybe because it's not a sports car, it's a jeep thing? not sure, but mine shifts fantastic with no grinding etc...

no, it's not a sponge, but it doesn't take the hammer of god to press down either.
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It should be fairly firm not dropping to the floor when you touch it. I like using a clear hose about 1/4" id in fluid to keep from drawing in air. If the hose is not tight on the bleeder it will pull air anyhow. Be sure the master cylinder fluid is not dropping to low when pumping or it will suck air too. For mine I can get about 3 pumps before having to refill if it’s less than that I would say the bleeder is to open. Also I am using a DOT 3/4 mix now the heat was getting to the DOT 3 and would soften up as I drove.
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of all the manuals i've driven all my clutches were somewhat tough to push down but snapped back into place quickly. my jeep clutch is a different story. it's new, and bled correctly, and is somewhat easy to push down but still snaps back well. so, hate to use this statement, but maybe because it's not a sports car, it's a jeep thing? not sure, but mine shifts fantastic with no grinding etc...

no, it's not a sponge, but it doesn't take the hammer of god to press down either.
yeah my old CJ7 never had any problems clutch problems but yes it didn't drive like a sports car either haha! Its just with this YJ it seems to be slipping even if i have the clutch floored.

Before the bleeding it got really bad when the engine was hot, now after bleeding (which I may have to do again) its doing it even when its cold.
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It should be fairly firm not dropping to the floor when you touch it. I like using a clear hose about 1/4" id in fluid to keep from drawing in air. If the hose is not tight on the bleeder it will pull air anyhow. Be sure the master cylinder fluid is not dropping to low when pumping or it will suck air too. For mine I can get about 3 pumps before having to refill if it’s less than that I would say the bleeder is to open. Also I am using a DOT 3/4 mix now the heat was getting to the DOT 3 and would soften up as I drove.
I just may have to look into doing a 3/4 mix as well since my issue was similar, it got worst as I drove.

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