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Clutch 1989 honda ascot . no spring in clutch . is it a spring ,cable or rod? there is no tension what so ever.

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    Jason Koelling Oct 15, 2008

    i have the same problem on a 89' prelude , i think the hydraulics went out and im trying to find out where i need to add more hydraulic fluid.

  • Jason Koelling
    Jason Koelling Nov 13, 2008

    Yah i did that and its full.. someone told me that the hydraulic ring gets stiff over time and the fluid will just go around the ring... i just sold it on ebay as is some its not my problem anymore.

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It is a hydraulic clutch system, especially on the 89 prelude. I have one the exact year model, and i had a hole in the slave cylinder hose going to the transaxle from the slave cylinder.

To refill the reservior, use DOT 3 brake fluid. The reservoir is located just to the left of the brake fluid reservoir underneath the hood on the driver's side firewall. you can't miss it.

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Clutch problem the clutch pedal won't return back UP, why ?


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