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Old 06-14-2019, 01:00 PM   #1
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I have an 87 Chevy truck with an hydraulic clutch. Last time I drove it, I had to mash the pedal all the way to the floor to change gears. I checked the reservoir, and it was empty, so I bought a bottle of brake fluid and topped it off in the parking lot and drove home. Then I went to bleed the slave cylinder 2-3 hours later and I had no pedal at all. Bleeding did essentially nothing.

I understand the basic theory of an hydraulic clutch, but I have no experience working on them. Did the slave cylinder shit the bed? Can I rebuild it, or do I replace it? Or is something else wrong?
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I have an 87 Chevy truck with an hydraulic clutch. Last time I drove it, I had to mash the pedal all the way to the floor to change gears. I checked the reservoir, and it was empty, so I bought a bottle of brake fluid and topped it off in the parking lot and drove home. Then I went to bleed the slave cylinder 2-3 hours later and I had no pedal at all. Bleeding did essentially nothing.

I understand the basic theory of an hydraulic clutch, but I have no experience working on them. Did the slave cylinder shit the bed? Can I rebuild it, or do I replace it? Or is something else wrong?
Parts Should be cheap replace both the slave and master
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Look for the Wet Spot, that will tell you what failed.
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Thanks for the replies.


Because of my half-assed attempt at bleeding it the other day, the whole bottom of the slave cylinder had residual fluid on it. I took the hydraulic line off and had a helper step on the clutch, and it shot fluid out pretty strong so I think that's OK. I took the slave off, and it's all rusty inside (in spite of the boot being intact). I'm not sure I can get the piston out to rebuild it, so I may have to replace it. I'll hack at it for a few minutes with some implements of destruction and see what I can do.
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I was going to tell you to roll it in flour if ya couldn't find the Wet Spot.
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