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1998 S-10 Manual Tranny problems

I was reading your response on bleeding the cocentric cyllinder for the hydraulic clutch on a 1998 S-10 and I was wondering if this could be my problem??? My clutch was replaced by a mechanic only 8 months ago and it didn't seem right at first but it seemed to get better so I didn't take it back. Recently, however, it started to sporadically act up. It became difficult at times to engage the clutch and then it would just as quickly fix itself. Now it is completely out of commission. Does it sound like that a quick bleeding could do the trick?

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I had a difficult to bleed clutch on a 1989 S-15. The manual claims removing/ tilting the slave will remove air- but the short hard line used clued me to try another idea. I took a small windshield washer motor and submerged it in the hydraulic bottle and connected a hose from it to the bleeder screw (opened one turn). With the reservoir cap removed, I powered the pump (from vehicle battery) and watched the air bubble out. When the bubbles stopped, I disconnected the pump, closed the valve and had a working clutch. It's called 'reverse bleeding' -easy to do WITHOUT a helper..

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    william vanbergen Dec 03, 2017

    was wondering if you could explain this a lil better///???please??T.Y.V.M.


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Yes it sure sound like you have an air bubble in the slave cyl.
you must have seen my oil can bleeder
ive also made a new one out of a garden sprayer and adapted down to fit the bleeder screw.1998 S-10 Manual Tranny problems - 66253ce.jpgand this is even faster and makes bleeding simple good luck

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