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How to bleed a slave cylinder on a Saturn?

I don't know anything about cars but my daughter has a 1997 Saturn SL and a friend has replaced the slave cylinder and the master cylinder but can not find a bleeder on the car. How can he bleed the slave cylinder.

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Tyhe bleeder is down on the transmision

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Where is bleed screw on master slave cylinder

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I just replaced a clutch, throw out berring, pressure plate, clutch master cylender on my 1997 saturn sl. Once all put back together my clutch pedal doesnt have any pressure. I can change gears if the car...

Have a look under the bonnet (hood) and next to or connected to the brake master cylinder you should see the clutch master cylinder.
  • Make sure that fluid is at the level it's required to be in the reservoir.
  • There will be a single metal pipe coming out of the cylinder and laid in the direction of where the clutch assembly is fitted.
  • The pipe will fit into the clutch slave cylinder mounted onto the bell housing (which is the housing covering the clutch assembly.
  • One end of the slave cylinder will have a rod, pushed by a piston inside the cylinder (which may be hidden from sight) and at the other end, the same pipe we have earlier spoken of is fitted.
  • At the highest point above where the pipe is screwed in there is a bleeding nipple.
  • Someone should sit in the car and push the pedal slowly down and then allowing it to return to fully up....Repeat this four or five times and then with the pedal held fully down loosen the bleeding nipple to allow the air contaminated fluid to be expelled....Repeat this procedure until the pedal has become firm.
  • Have another friend making sure the level of fluid doesn't drop below three quarters in the reservoir.
  • Make sure the nipple is closed tightly but not over tight....
  • And then happy driving
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How to bleed the clutch on a saturn 97

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There would be a bleed nipple on it. It would be located near the bellhousing.
Open nipple a little let fluod seep out until no bubbles in it. Make sure you top the fluid up and dont let it empty.

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I just installed a new clutch master cylinder and was not able to bleed the system however; I continued to pump the clutch many, many, many times. Simply moving fluid and eventually I bagan to get a little pedal back. I then figured that if I parked the car on a downward slope the resivoir would be the tallest component and residual air may rise up ward. This is only a theory and I haven't proven its effectiveness yet. So far, only a little pedal.

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