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Old 12-18-2003, 06:19 PM
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How to bleed clutch slave cylinder?

I know this is a hot rod site but this is the best site i have found for any auto question.I am trying to get my 1986 Chevy 3500 truck running (I rebuilt the 350 motor) now my clutch fluid reservoir is dry and needs bleeding.How is the best way?

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There should be a bleeder on it. If not, loosen the line going to it and bleed it there.
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It has a bleeder screw on it but what i wanted to know is what to do after bleeder screw is opened, like do you fill up with brake fluid and then work the clutch pedal?Or do you have to open and close screw sort of like brakes?
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Its like bleeding brakes. Fill up the resevoir, crack open the bleeder, put a rubber hose from the bleeder into a small jar. pump it until the bubbles dissapear and close bleeder.
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Don't forget to put some fluid in the catch jar first. If you don't you will just suck air back into the slave cylinder.
My question is why did it leak out? Is there a problem?
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If it is like a Ford Ranger, first you open the bleed screw at the slave cylinder and then pour fluid into the master cylinder. keep pouring in and do not let it run out. When the fluid coming from the slave bleed screw shows no more air from it, close it. Recheck the master cylinder and refill if necessary. Have someone inside and open the bleed screw. Have the person inside slowly push the clutch to the floor and hold it. Close the bleed screw and tell the person to let the clutch up. You must keep rechecking the master to insure it does not go dry, if it does you must start all over again. Repeat the sequence over several times. Refill master cylinder then have the person push the clutch down and release several times real fast. If the pedal seems spongy repeat as necessary.

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