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Old 05-18-2020, 11:56 PM   #1
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Default Cant shift into gear/ Master clutch cylinder?

Hey all, I am scratching me head over here.

So I started my car after having it sit for a while during the lockdown. I depress the clutch and start it. Runs fine, everything is good. I try to shift into gear... and i cant. Engine bogs down a bit but just cant get it into gear.

I turn off the car. and the stick goes into every position smoothly without a hitch. So i pump my clutch a bit, and I cant remember but it think it felt softer. still no luck. Car moves in gears forward and reverse fine, because i got it up on ramps right now. But in the sequence of car off, shift, car on, move. car off, shift and so on.

So i ordered both a master and a slave. So far I replaced the slave. Got it on, and i cant bleed the damn thing. No fluid is coming out at all. I used a brake bleeder to suck the air through the valve. Not going at all. Pumped the clutch, nothing, no fluid is going down. Even pumped the slave and undid the valve simultaneously, still no fluid coming out.

My guess is there is something up with the master, that's not allowing for suction. Clutch pedal has no resistance now at all. no pressure at all. Thoughts?
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Is your brake resivoir filled up? The slave is gravity fed from there. The hose in the back goes straight to the top of slave. Sound's like something is wrong in that process. Clogged or leak.
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That's exactly what happened... I figured it out yesterday as I was working on it. I have a sloped driveway, and with the ramps the car was still pointing downward a bit, enough to not have the fluid in the reservoir be at junction where the clutch master connects. When I saw this I pretty much ran in topped it up all the way to the brim, and started the bleeding process. What a sigh of relief! Now. What i also realized with this was, since my car was parked on a sloped driveway, the hydraulic fluid was slowly draining into the half empty reservoir, not allowing for enough fluid in the master/allowing air to get in. So i probably didn't even need a new slave or master. At least i'll have some piece of mind that those wont go. Thanks again for your support!
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