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Old 01-18-2010, 01:02 PM
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Clutch Problem, please help!

last weekend my clutch began sticking to the floor, and I have been unable to put it into gear as such. The pedal has no resistance, either when being pushed down or pulled up. After reading some posts here, I looked up underneath the clutch pedal and noticed a lot of gunk dripping from the piston going into the bulkhead (and into the Master Cylinder). I also checked the reservour and found it empty. Refilling and bleeding did not help, so I thought next to replace both the master and slave cylinders.

It took some work, but I just finished replacing both cylinders. I then refilled the reservour and attemped to bleed. After 10 min of bleeding I still have not resistance at all, nothing seems to have changed.

I have been bleeding by pumping the clutch about 5 pumps, holding, bleeding the slave cylinder valve until I see liquid coming out without air bubbles, closing the valve, and then pulling back up on the clutch. I did this about 6-7times and am not getting anywhere. With each attempt I get a little bit more fluid coming out of the bleed valve, but no clutch pressure.

Any suggestions? Am I bleeding it incorrectly? Could the problem be with my pressure plate/clutch? Is there a way to check for that?

Any help is very much appreciated!!
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Re: Clutch Problem, please help!

did you check your lines from the master cylinder to the slave cylinder?

the way i bleed my clutch is to have some press the pedal all the way down and hold it, open the valve and let fluid and bubbles come out then close it. repeat this til when you open the valve nothing but a steady stream of fluid comes out. make sure to keep your resevoir full when bleeding.
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Re: Clutch Problem, please help!

I followed the line as best as possible and cannot find any leaks.

How many times did you have to bleed before you regained pressure? I do get full liquid (no bubbles) coming out of the bleed valve (into a plastic tube), but not at a steady rate of any sort.

Maybe I just have not bleed it enough?
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Re: Clutch Problem, please help!

maybe not, just keep trying and see what happens. it usually takes alot more time to bleed when u replace both components at the same time, bc both have to fill back up with fluid along with the lines.
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Re: Clutch Problem, please help!

also, i have had someone pumping and holding the pedal for me, but to be honest there is not much to hold. The pedal snaps all the way down to the bulkhead when pushed in, and there is no springing back until you manually grab it and pull it back out. When this problem first started there was some light resistance when the pedal was close to the floor (so the term 'holding' made sense at that point in time), but not it slaps itself all the way down (before and after replacing the cylinders).

In other words, I could bleed the thing by myself since the pedal stays whereever it is left.
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Re: Clutch Problem, please help!

yeah thats not right, you have to have someone help you if everything is working right. see if this thread helps you at all.

Not just another clutch question....
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Re: Clutch Problem, please help!

I had a similar problem like this and it ended up being that the ball on the slave cylinder that pressed against the clutch release arm needed to be pushed in or pulled out. I can't exactly remember because it was a while ago. I'd did take a while to bleed though. Let me know if that helps
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Re: Clutch Problem, please help!

when Bleeding, the pedal will always need to be pulled back up after you open the valve on the slave cylander. If it just drops instantly by touching it you have no pressure. I know when i put a trans in my car the bolt that connects to the trans from the res. wasn't tight and leaked out fluid and caused no clutch pressure so the pedal would never come back up.i just tightened it all the way and it fixed the problem. But if you bleed it alot then when you bring the pedal back up it should have pressure and you will be able to pump it untill you bleed again. If it just drops to the floor and doesn't come back up before you bleed it then one of two things is happening. Either you still have many air bubbles still in the system, witch is normal because of the parts you replaced and the res doesnt hold much fluid either don't let it get dry. or you have a leak somewhere else and in that case you will need someone pumping the clutch while you look for the leak.
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Re: Clutch Problem, please help!

I had the same problem and this vid shows you how to fix it.
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Re: Clutch Problem, please help!

I just gravity bleed mine, fill the resivoir, crack it open, let it run through and dont let the resivoir run empty. works every time for me!
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Re: Clutch Problem, please help!

i had the same problem on my prelude when i replaced my master cylinder and slave cylinder the best way to bleed the system and to get all the air out and make the pedal work again is top up ur clutch fluid release the niple slightly so that fluid can come out, then pump the pedal up and down with your hand when the pedal gets hard stop and tighten the niple and top the fluid if you need to, if you can get some one to wach the fluid incase it runs out as your doing it, this is how i fixed my pedal
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