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Brake fluid is bypassing the seal inside the clutch master cylinder this maynot be an urgent problem yet but it will in time .suggest you replace it cheers MAL

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SOURCE: Clutch cylinder possibly leaking.

assuming the linkage at the clutch is not broken, this symptom indicates a failed master cylinder. First check to see that slave piston is not coming out when pedal is pushed in (if it is, the problem is inside the clutch housing). You might also try bleeding the system before buying a new master cylinder. Let me know if you need any instructions.


Posted on Dec 05, 2010

Testimonial: "Bled the line. Changed the fluid. Working better, though somewhat spongy on the clutch pedal. May end up changing master and slave cylinders. "

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SOURCE: fluid is leaking inside the firewall at the top of

Either there was some fluid there from the failed unit you replaced or the replacement is defective. Clean it up really well and work the clutch a few times, If new fluid appears, chances are the new one is leaking. Watch the fluid level...Is it going down? If it is that verifies a leak.
Good luck...hope its just residue!! (I hate doing jobs twice)

Posted on Apr 10, 2009

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SOURCE: clutch fluid leaking inside of trans housing on a 98 s10

these chevy trucks have the most horrible slave cylinder set up and it is located in side the transmission housing. this is why you are getting fluid from that area. the slave cylinder is leaking and to replace it you will need to remove transmission from vehicle. while your there you should change the clutch because it is out. unless it was just change then just the slave. good luck

Posted on Dec 27, 2009

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SOURCE: my clutch fluid is leaking inside the car when I

I would look into a new master cylinder for the clutch. because the clutch itself has been replaced does not mean they also changed the clutch hydraulic system which has a master and a slave.

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1994 Toyota Camry clutch goes to the floor and stays there what would be the problem for that, and is there an easy fix

Sounds like the clutch slave might be the issue. You should be able to find it on the front of the transmission. Peal back the rubber boot and see if brake fluid drips out. If there is fluid behind the boot than it is leaking. You can also look up under the dash to see it the clutch master is leaking. It will leave a brake fluid trail from where the metal rod goes in. If either of those are leaking than your clutch fluid reservoir is likely empty. You can find it under the hood just to the drivers side of the brake fluid reservoir. After you have replaced the leaking parts fill the reservoir with new brake fluid and bleed the system. Make sure you keep the reservoir full while you are bleeding. You should be back in business when you are done!

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Ford Puma 1.7 losing brake fluid

No, you don't have to replace the clutch. The fluid on the passenger side sounds like where your slave cylinder is? But it may be fluid running down the outside of the line to there...because I think the problem is your clutch master cylinder. The fluid on the pedal is the reason. Feel the carpet behind the pedal and all around there for wetness. If it is clutch fluid, your master cylinder will have to come off for repair or replacement. Any time you have fluid there, it's a sure sign of clutch master cylinder failure.
Whether it's the master or the slave cylinder (or both), you should be able to handle it. The master cylkinder is a little more difficult than the slave to replace, but doable. Remove the line fitting, 2 bolts holding cylinder to firewall, and inside the car is the clutch rod from the pedal to the cylinder that needs removing. That's about it. After you get the system free from further leaking, all you need to do is bleed the slave cylinder so your clutch works again.
Good luck.

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I have a 1991 jeep wrangler the clutch fluid keeps getting real low

clutch fluid level droppin means that ur clutch master cylinder is leaking,u can check by looking inside car where pushrod goes thru firewall to see if its wet with brake fluid where rod comes thru wall inside car, a wet ,stained carpet.the other possibility is ur clutch slave cylinder located at side of ur transmission,usually drvr side is leaking fluid.if this is the case u will notice clear brake fluid at the bottom center of ur trans,right where it butts up towards ur engine. anyhow its a good idea to replace both pieces at same time to avoid any further issues with clutch pedal. good luck hope this helps

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You said it the slave cylinder was leaking to replace it how can i tell if its bad if its not leaking

usually when you have a bad clutch slave cylinder you know it right away because since it is a hydraulic part, once a seal inside the slave cylinder gets bad, it will start leaking fluid, at the same time, because the seal is not sealing properly, it will allow air inside the system causing your clutch pedal to feel soft and spongy.
When a clutch pedal feels that way, its an indication of air in the system and when this happens it makes it hard to operate the clutch properly because it engages even with your foot almost all the way to the floor. at times you may not even be able to place your car or truck in gear due to this problem.
A bad clutch master cylinder will have similar symptoms, make sure that you look closely at each one of these items to determine which one is the problem (the one malfunctioning will be the one leaking fluid)
One check you can do on the master cylinder is to depress the clutch pedal while someone watches the brake fluid reservoir level. if the level rises while the clutch pedal is being depressed than the clutch master cylinder is bad and should be rebuilt or replaced.

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91jeep clutch quick pedal loss, barely shifts

Look inside the vehicle at the firewall where the clutch pedal rod goes into the master cylinder. See if there is fluid running down the inside firewall. Next look at the bottom of the bellhousing to see if fluid has been coming out of it. That will tell you if it's the master or slave cylinder. Most likely it is the slave leaking inside the transmission bellhousing.

Jun 07, 2009 | 1991 Jeep Wrangler

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Fluid is leaking inside the firewall at the top of

Either there was some fluid there from the failed unit you replaced or the replacement is defective. Clean it up really well and work the clutch a few times, If new fluid appears, chances are the new one is leaking. Watch the fluid level...Is it going down? If it is that verifies a leak.
Good luck...hope its just residue!! (I hate doing jobs twice)

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No clutch on the Chevy 3500 Pickup after successfully changing the starter.

If it had 2 bolt studs with nut on the other end ando line going to the top of the transmission it is the slave cylinder and you have to line the rod inside to the fork inside the bellhousing if this is on the bleed the clutch cylinder and the pedal should return to normal. Be sure to check for leaks in this line even a little leak can cause you not to have a clutch pedal. Also check inside the cab behind the clutch pedal where the rod comes through the firewall and make sure it is not leaking. If the fluid is low be sure to fill it with DOT 3 brake fluid.

Jan 11, 2009 | 1993 Chevrolet C3500

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Clutch fluid is leaking inside of the car 240sx

You need to rebuild the seals in the cluth master cylinder. The seal around the pedal shaft that actuates the clutch is leaking fluid past the seal and onto the shaft connected to the pedal, inside the cabin. 
A good parts store should be able to get you a seal rebuild kit, or remove the cylinder and bring it to a clutch shop or Nissan dealer and have them rebuild it for you. This is cheaper than dropping the car off and having them do all of the work. 
Dismantling the master cylinder, replacing the seals, filling the system with fresh fluid and bleeding it should solve your problem. Be sure to replace all of the seals at one time, and don't be tempted to only replace the one that is leaking at the moment. They should all be the same age to last without further leaking. Otherwise you'll be chasing a series of problems with your clutch as the other old seals fail over time.
Hope this helps.

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