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Old 08-26-2008, 07:50 AM
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Hydraulic clutch problem?

Can anyone tell me how to pressure bleed a cylinder for a hydraulic clutch. I've tried pumping the peddle, self bleeders, & a mity vac to get this thing bled but with no luck. Any suggestions??? Oh and i 've replaced the master and slave with new and still can't get fluid thru it .?!##

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I just bench bleed the master before I put it on and then when I hook the line to the slave, I bleed it before I bolt it in place. On some GM's the bleeder is lower than it needs to be so thats why I bleed it before I bolt it in place. Just hold it so the bleeder is at the highest point and bleed away. Thats what works for me anyway.
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not all hydraulic clutch systems bleed out the same, ford rangers and explorers especially r difficult to do. what kind of vehicle u working on?
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Clutch issue

It's an '89 Chevy 2500 with a 4 speed that's been a nightmare to get repaired. I did try to bench bleed but fluid only sprays out like a trickle. It doesn't push fluid out like I would think it should.
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Okay

IF the slave is bled out and you still have an issue,
you probably have a bubble somewhere in the line that keeps moving up to the master.

On my 59 Elky----I am using an 87 chev truck slave with an 88 master----the same master you have.

You can do one of 2 things----this I found out entirely by accident.

unbolt the master from the firewall and tip the nose downward----this will allow a trapped bubble to move back into the resevoir----Hey---worked for my car.

Might also jack up the tail end of the truck just as high as you can get it----tap the clutch a couple of times and maybe the bubble will move on up and burp itself.

The bubble is in a position that one or two strokes will not move it down to the bearing/slave so it will keep moving up to the master, getting hung up there.

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Ok thanks I will try all of your ideas hopefully it works. I will post a reply as soon as I get back home from Iraq. Thanks again for all the replies
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I have found on some gm veh.the oem master and slave and hose come together pre-bled because they are a p.i.t.a to bleed.
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Might want to try using a long piece of hose a plastic bottle(like a pop bottle) adapted to it. Fill the bottle with whatever fluid you are using, put the hose on the bottle and attach hose to the slave cylinder bleeder, Squeeze the botttle and voila, air is gone. Air wants to go up, so this helps it along. Works for me
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