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1996 vw passat clutch fluid

My clutch pedal starting losing pressure recently, and now it seems like I have to pump it to get pressure built back up just to shift gears. I got under the engine while having someone press the pedal and you can hear it trying to slurp up fluid. But there isn't any place to refill the fluid. How and what do I do?

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The clutch uses the brake fluid to work; check the brake fluid level.

Posted on Jan 06, 2013

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SOURCE: hard to change gear

sounds like your slave cylinder for your clutch is by-passing.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008

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SOURCE: Low oil pressure light comes on and goes off

the noise is the chain tensioner in the cylinder head between the two camshafts. it is a job for a proffesional shop. the 1.8t passats had an oiling problem and were fixed with a larger oil filter. some times you have to remove the oilpan and replace the oil pickup tube.

Posted on Feb 15, 2009

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SOURCE: Oil Light comes on VW passat

Start checking the oil level, if oil is low then the problem is a leak or weared rings.

If oil level is ok, check that the oil pump has enough pressure.

If oil pump is also fine, then scan the ECU (car computer) and replace the sensor if you do not find anything else being wrong.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009

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SOURCE: power steering fluid blowing all over engine compartment

somewhere there is a air leak on the suction side of the pump.  Try tightening the clamps and connections.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009

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SOURCE: changing gears is getting difficult and even when

Check fluid levels first and also check where the shifter comes through the floor and attaches to the rod going to the tranny, make sure that pivot point is not rusted. There's a plastic to metal bushing underneath on the shifter points. If it's rusted, it makes it really hard to shift. If both check out fine, only then look at possible internal issue. (PS - some clicking is normal.)

Posted on Aug 21, 2009

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