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How to replace a slave cylinder on a 96 4.3 sonoma

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  • twtruck249 Sep 05, 2009

    i need to know how to remove the slave cylinder

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  • Safety first Block the vehicle on Jack Stands or Drive it up ramps.
  • Remove the Brake Line and plug it so it will not leak brake fluid all over the ground and you.
  • Remove the Old Slave Cylinder and replace it with the New one or rebuild it then put it back in.
  • Clear tubing and a bottle required for this last step. Bleed the Slave of all air by having your helper pump the clutch pedal and turning the bleed valve till you have a air bubble free stream of fluid.

Once you have the car off the ground and under, it about 20 minutes job or less.

Posted on Sep 05, 2009

  • Rob Sinpasit Sep 05, 2009

    do you where the slave cyc is under the tranny? the two bolts holding it and you have to remove the old to replace the new

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