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93 ford escort shaking in first and second gear

After replacing master cylinder seal because brake fluid was leaking into cabin through clutch, the car shakes in first and second gear. A little less in third if i balance the gas and clutch pedal. Why?

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    Manya Zeno Apr 26, 2013

    I will try that, because clutch and shifting in and out of all gears worked fine before replacing seal. Would it only shake in 1st and 2nd gears if that was the issue?

  • Mr.Mike Apr 26, 2013

    Yes.. especially in first and second.. it's kind of like taking off on ice from a dead stop and once you can get going it's easier to keep the momentum

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If brake fluid leaked on to the clutch Plate inside the transmission it'll take awhile for it to wear off.. just drive it

Posted on Apr 26, 2013

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SOURCE: Clutch Pedal to Floor

slave cylinder needs replaced

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SOURCE: Bleeding clutch slave cylinder

i think youre doing the right thing. they are very stubborn to bleed because the hyd. line goes up high across back of engine before droppiing back down to slave cyl., trapping air. could try to gravity bleed by opening bleeder at slave, cap off of master cyl, full with fluid then it may start to come out after a bit. then try your process again. or can try to bleed at connections further up the line, working your way back to bleeder. hope this helps. be patient.

Posted on Nov 15, 2008

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you have to bleed the air out of it. If there is not fluid leaking from the master cylinder on the firewall.it can leak on the inside of car or the out side if the master cylinder is bad.first make sure the reservoir stays full then open the bleeder on slave cylinder. this is called gravity bleeding. once fluid comes out, tighten bleeder, pump pedal one time loosen bleeder while holding clutch pedal down and then tighten. do this repeatedly until no air comes out. you can pump pedal several times,then hold and bleed however you like but I have better luck with individual pumps. just make sure that the lines hooked to slave cylinder are tight and there are no air leaks. and that the line does not go below the slave cylinder because sometimes air gets trapped in the lowest part of system.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

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if you can see a good amount of wet brake fluid between the brake master cylinder and the brake booster. and you have been adding fliud often,you could have a bad master cylinder. it has to be replaced not rebuilt. you however may have a far more common problem, a rusted through brake line.have someone pump the brake pedal, than look under the car for a brake fluid leak ,repair as needed. than bleed the brakes for a good hard brake pedal
good luck chris

Posted on Mar 18, 2009

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SOURCE: brake pedal dropping to floor

do u have the antilock brake bleeding tool? if not you will need to have the dealer bleed the brakes, the ABS control valve must be electricaly held open to bleed the brakes there of course is a special tool for this.

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What's wrong with my clutch if my 1998 escort won't go into gear. There is small resistance in my clutch pedal


Jamie, are you losing any fluid from the clutch master cylinder? By small resistance I presume you mean the pedal feels soft?

If you're losing fluid from the master cylinder you have an obvious leak somewhere and air is getting into the system.

Most leaks occur from the clutch SLAVE cylinder as it does all the work .. If there's no leak from the clutch slave cylinder, suspect the seals inside. It's like a bicycle pump ..the seal inside wears and it won't pump..

You may be able to get an overhaul kit. I'm in the UK .. but here's an Ebay link for a slave cylinder overhaul kit just to show you what it looks like:
FORD CORTINA MK2 CLUTCH SLAVE CYLINDER REPAIR KIT SP2085
Here's a link to show you what the slave cylinder itself may look like (it may NOT be for your vehicle..)
CLUTCH SLAVE CYLINDER FORD FIESTA ESCORT
It's easier and quicker to fit a new slave cylinder than it is to strip down and replace seals with a kit. Be aware, after overhauling or replacing a slave cylinder you have to bleed it - remove the air.

The easiest way of doing this is to make sure the reservoir is fill of fluid, crawl underneath the car with a spanner/wrench, place a rag over the bleed point and get somebody to pump the pedal a couple of times while you undo then tighten the bleed nut.

If it's not the slave cylinder at fault- then it's the master cylinder. Master cylinders also have a 'piston' and rubber seals which wear/perish.
However, it's more than likely that it's the slave cylinder at fault

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But check in see if it's just the ball joints first that's a easy fix compared to replacing the whole clutch I have a 1999 Ford escort manual and just had this problem I know all I need to know about this car make and model trust me it's your clutch nothing else You are soon to run into belt problems too keep an eye on that

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If you mean the clutch master cylinder, you could have air in the line, or a faulty cylinder. The clutch hydraulic system works the same way the brakes do, it uses fluid pressure to push on the slave cylinder in the transmission housing.

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Leaking brake fluid at the clutch pedal?


You have a leaky clutch master cylinder, or a leaky brake master cylinder.

The fix to to find out which one is leaking and to replace it. The new fluid will need bleeding out at the slave cylinder, but first pull back the rubber boot on the end of the slave cylinder (assuming it's the clutch). If there is fluid there as well, the the slave cylinder must also be replaced. if it's the break master cylinder, then you'll need to check the seals on the rear wheel brake cylinders and the front wheel caliper pistons. If any leak, they must be replaced.

If you're an experienced mechanic (your question suggests not) then you may be able to dismantle, assess, and if appropriate rebuild any leaky parts using new seals/pistons. The parts are usually cheap, but the very high labour costs and higher chances of a post-repair fault mean that most garages just replace the entire assembly with new and guaranteed parts as it's far quicker, easier and less likely to come back for remedial work.

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Are the brake master cylinder and the clutch slave cylinder interconnect in some way? I'm told that the slave cylinder get its fluid from the master cylinder.


The brake system and the clutch master cylinder have the same fluid tank, look at the brake master cylinder fluid tank, on the right hand side about half way up is a hose that goes over to the clutch master cylinder, if fluid level is not above this hose the clutch will stop functioning. If the clutch slave cylinder, mounted on the front side of transmission bellhousing, leaks then the clutch will stop functioning. The slave cylinder has a bleed screw, check these items and fill and bleed as neccessary. Hope this helps, let me know.

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Clutch goes all the way down to the floor, unable ...


Does the clutch pedal offer any resistance? The clutch and brake system use the same reservoir, there is a hose coming out from the side of the reservoir that goes over to the clutch master cylinder. Sometimes the brake fluid level goes low as brake pads wear and lowers the fluid level too low to work the clutch. On the front side of the transmission, is a clutch slave cylinder, check it for leaks, if it leaks replace it. Hope this helps, let me know.

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