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I have a 2003 ford escape that the clutch goes to the floor & doesnt return up. But there is no leaks at any points of the slave cylinder point up to the master cylinder??

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  • John Dyke
    John Dyke Dec 30, 2013

    the slave cylinder does engauge the clutch lever but leaks off in about 1-2 seconds, but there is no leaks. Makes me think the slave cylinder is bad, but don't know how it could bleed off without seeing any leaks

  • Behind_Blue_Eyes
    Behind_Blue_Eyes Dec 30, 2013

    internally bypassing... it's called bleeding... there are just cup seals in there and when they get hard they cannot contain the fluid anymore so it bleeds past... I would suggest replacing them both and completely flushing the system. then you should flush the system about every two years...

  • John Dyke
    John Dyke Dec 30, 2013

    I dont see a way to bleed the system once installed, unless its the set screw next the to inlet line on the slave cylinder, would that be correct?

  • Behind_Blue_Eyes
    Behind_Blue_Eyes Dec 30, 2013

    if you have the slave cylinder the bleeder is on it... but bleeding the system is not going to help... you have bad parts... I hope you understand this

  • John Dyke
    John Dyke Dec 30, 2013

    I understand & appreciate your help great



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Slave cylinder/hydraulic throwout bearing or master cylinder can internally bypass... suspect master cylinder but always check all components before hanging parts because it could also be as bad as a damaged clutch assy...

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You've replaced the master, the slave, now I would check to see if the throwout fork will move by hand. If you can move the fork by hand I would say that your pressure plate and or throwout bearing are worn out. First try to just gravity bleed the system. If that doesnt work, it may be time for a clutch, pressure plate, and bearing. The pressure plate spring pushes the pedal back up and depending on how many miles and driving habit those little arms on it break off and just wear out. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Aug 19, 2009

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Did you bleed the system? When you replace the the master and/or slave cylinder you have to bleed the system just as you would with brakes. There is a bleed screw on the slave cylinder. Open the bleed screw, have a helper depress and hold the clutch pedal down.Tighten the bleed screw, then release clutch. Repeat this procedure until you have removed all air from the system and the clutch pedal is firm. Keep an eye on the fluid level to avoid sucking air into the system. If you have done this, remember there is a possibility that the master or slave cylinder is defective.

Posted on Sep 06, 2009

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crawl up under the dashboard & look where the clutch pedal rod goes through the firewall. look for traces of brake fluid at the rubber boot of the rod. a clutch master cylinder normally will leak to the inside of the vehicle & down the firewall when it fails. Replace as required & bleed clutch system using the bleeder valve that should be on the slave asy.

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these are notorius for clutch bleeding problems, there is no good answer other than to keep pumping that pedal, eventually it will bleed out

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