My clutch is grabbing really low. My clutch fluid is topped off. It's not shifting with any problems at all, no power losses or anything. I'm not good with finding problems clutches so what d you guys think?
No, it just started doing this yesterday. It did it about 3 weeks ago but all it needed was a little fluid and it was fine. Now my fluid is completely topped off and it didn't fix the problem this time. As soon as I try to lift my foot slightly off the clutch pedal, you can feel it. Plus the pedal sometimes doesn't pop back up, but that happens mostly in first gear. It seems the longer I have the clutch pushed to the ground, the lower it grabs. It's VERy inconsistant! But if I'm just driving and step on the clutch quickly and upshift, it gives me no problems. I don't get it!
If your pedal won't come back up, air in the lines is the problem exactly. Bleeding is easy. It really helps to have a friend though. Jack the front of the car up, ramps are easiest, but, jackstands will do. Shake the car before you get under it. Make sure it won't fall on you. Then find your slave cylinder for the clutch, it's bolted to the front of the tranny. Have your friend pump the clutch SLOWLY 6 or 7 times and hold it down. If you pump the clutch crazy fast, you'll make bubbles, and you'll still have air in the lines. While he/she is holding the pedal down, use a 10mm wrench to open up the bleeder valve on the slave cylinder. You should hear some air coming out, followed by some fluid. Keep doing this until nothing but fluid comes out. I've found a really easy way to tell is to get a clear glass jar, and some clear plastic tubing like from an aquarium. Put the tubing over the end of the bleeder valve. Fill the jar half full with brake fluid. Put the other end of the tube into the jar. That way, you can see the air coming out. This will work for brakes, too, BTW.
Oh, duh, after every 3 or 4 times opening the bleeder valve, check to make sure you have enough clutch fluid. Maybe every 2 times or so, that master cylinder is small... If your fluid level gets too low, you'll get more air in the system. Keep it topped off.
You're not stupid. TexasMX6GT told you right. I don't know if I would go through the trouble of doing the jar thing, but that is fine.... Well, I guess that would keep you from spraying hydraulic fluid all over the place, I'll keep that in mind next time I have to do a job like that. Good tip Texas!!!
That aquarium tubing would probably fit just right, and it is only $2.00 or so for like 6 feet of it
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