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Old 08-08-2014, 09:18 PM
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Best way to bleed slave cylinder?

Well I put my throw-out lever back on today and lost all pedal because I had to open my slave cylinder and push the rod back. I was wondering what is the best way to bleed the system. I have a hand bleeder for brakes that you pump with the gauge I got. What is the best way?
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Mine is a hybrid due to the ZF6 but I found pumping the slave by hand before installing it in the trans worked well for getting the air out.
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You can install it onto the fork and take your hand and push in on the cylinder. Wait a couple seconds and repeat a few times. You should be good


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Some slaves had bleeders and others did not. Here is the method that worked every time for me: Hang the slave from the line, everything going "uphill". Make sure the reservoir is full. This next part really caused problems for me until I figured this out (so don't think "what the heck would that do ... that's dumb"): Disconnect the clutch master cylinder rod from the clutch pedal linkage. Cycle the slave cylinder slowly by hand 5-10 times. Reclip the slave to the tranny, reconnect the pedal linkage and you should be good. Cheers!
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Some slaves had bleeders and others did not. Here is the method that worked every time for me: Hang the slave from the line, everything going "uphill". Make sure the reservoir is full. This next part really caused problems for me until I figured this out (so don't think "what the heck would that do ... that's dumb"): Disconnect the clutch master cylinder rod from the clutch pedal linkage. Cycle the slave cylinder slowly by hand 5-10 times. Reclip the slave to the tranny, reconnect the pedal linkage and you should be good. Cheers!
Disconnecting the rod does that make it easier to install the slave onto the fork.
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No, not really. I think it keeps some port from being blocked in the master and not allowing it to bleed. Cheers!
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:20 PM
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No, not really. I think it keeps some port from being blocked in the master and not allowing it to bleed. Cheers!
Well I had to get a new slave cylinder that stupid design ford made with the screw the thing was leaking bad. I'm kind of glad the one I got was only $30 and doesn't have a bleeder screw it was much easier to get a good solid clutch pedal. I just suction bled the line and master with my pump bleeder, and then filled the slave some then left the lid off the master, pumped the slave by had a little decompressed it with the lid off, had my dad screw it on put the slave in place took the straps off and pumped the pedal a few times and she was solid.
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