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Bleeding the hydraulic clutch

I have a 2001 Pontiac firebird and have spent the past two hours trying to bleed the clutch. I get a little bit of air bubbles and fluid about every five to ten minutes. However I have yet to get any kind of regular clutch action than I was getting before. Is there a more effective way to bleed the clutch.


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Have somebody pump the pedal fast about 3 or 4 times, on the last pump hold pedal down and close bleeder. Make sure fluid stays full in master cylinder, try it again, if it still doesn't work, then you might have a bad slave valve, if you haven't already replaced it.

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Try gravity bleeding first this is to open bleeder screw on slave cylinder and open cover of clutch mater and just let it drip bleed. make sure that master if filled before you do this and constantly monitor so it doesn't run empty. After you get a steady flow from bleeder. Close screw, at this point clutch should be good, if it NOT try bleeding the regular way by pumping clutch and holding down while opening bleeder screw when pedal is being held to the floor. However if all of this doesn't work you may need a master or a slave or even a bad hose(restricted).Good luck and contact if you need more help.

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