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What is a clutch slave cylinder?
Downstream from the clutch master cylinder, the clutch slave cylinder is typically located on the clutch bell housing of the transmission and is responsible for pushing fluid through to the clutch under hydraulic pressure. The slave cylinder is a bit smaller, does not have the same reservoir as the master, and is primarily used to disengage the clutch.
What can go wrong with a slave cylinder?
Similar to the master cylinder, you can experience failure in a few different areas of the slave cylinder. A loss of pressure due to leaks, cracks, or torn gaskets can cause the slave cylinder to become ineffective. The parts within the slave cylinder can also break or wear down leading to cylinder failure. Inner parts can be replaced or repaired, but with the time and labor involved, it is usually more cost effective to replace the whole slave cylinder than it is to rebuild the components.
How do I know my slave cylinder is going bad?
You can feel your slave cylinder is bad from a lack of pressure in your clutch pedal when you operate the clutch. The pressure will either continue to get weaker over time or it can just disappear. This may lead the clutch pedal to reach the floor when suppressed but not be able to spring back up to it's "at rest" position. Other symptoms include slipping and a rough jarring or clunking sensation while shifting gears.
Can I replace my slave cylinder?
The slave cylinder, like the master cylinder, can be replaced within your clutch system. As with any part in a pressurized system, remember to bleed out the fluid before completing the job so that you remove any dangerous air pockets in the lines. Remove the connector to the clutch, the tube that runs hydraulic fluid from the master cylinder, and the two bolts connecting the cylinder to the bell housing. Take the new slave cylinder, fill it accordingly with fluid, re-attach it, run the fluid through the system, and test the resulting pressure.
Is there preventative maintenance I can do to help?
Not only can you perform preventative maintenance, but it is highly recommended for this system. Have your system flushed with replacement fluid on a regular basis. Check your owner's manual as your car's manufacturer usually recommends a schedule for service. Be sure to have the pressure of the system checked occasionally, inspect the system for leaks, and get other transmission parts serviced as recommended to reduce stress on the system.
If replacing your clutch slave cylinder, you might also need to to replace the clutch master cylinder.
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