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Would like detailed instructions on replacing clutch slave cylinder on 98 Toyota Rav4 - also, have heard that it may be best to use original Toyota slave, rather than aftermarket...any comments on that?

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  • bwcarter Apr 25, 2010

    just to be clear...when you say to start with someone pushing pedal while i bleed the slave, i assume you mean to do this to totally empty the slave cylinder resevoir?...not bleed just to get air out?...then when new cylinder is in place refill resevoir and bleed to remove air?...is there a bleed nipple on the cylinder?...sorry, haven't done this before and don't yet have a Haynes manual and haven't really crawled around under the vehicle much so don't yet know what i'm dealing with...

    don't suppose there is much chance that the problem is just air in the slave cylinder and bleeding the slave could be the fix?...

    .other than clutch engagement being way low, is there any other way to check the slave?...new part is gonna be well over $100 from toyota, which is still lots better than a full clutch job...

    on my old 85 Supra there was an adjustment for pedal free play - a threaded yoke on pushrod at the pedal you could turn...but i think on the rav4 the pedal freeplay is ok...i assume the pedal freeplay can be different from what i call "engagement point" when you actually use the clutch with vehicle running

    by the way, it isn't clear to me how to rate your answer...only thing i've seen so far from my side is a "comment" field that pops up when i accept an answer...i also would like to be able to select a certain expert to address my questions to, and don't see a way to do that either...have asked fixya.com and no response so far...who fixes fixya?


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    i tried the "ask me" button on expert profile...spit me out at what looks like the same place as if just asking a general question, where you have to select the type of expert you want, then the vehicle brand, then the model, then it looks like it just throws the question out there to the big pool of experts like normal....i'll try that again, maybe i missed something..

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    any more advice out there, on the vehicle prob or on the choose an expert issue?

  • bwcarter Apr 27, 2010

    Yes...helpful...neither of the 2 expert solutions were spectacular, but both helpful.

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Disconnect the fluid line,and unbolt the slave and remove,replace it in the reverse order,and bleed it at the slave cylinder by filling reservoir,and pushing to the floor ,the clutch pedal,one time and hold it and tighten the bleeder back up,repeat this over and over until you have clutch pedal,be sure not to run out of fluid,

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First get the the replacement slave and have it on hand. Have someone in the truck to push the pedal while you bleed the slave cylinder. Use a line wrench to disconnect the line to it. Probably a 10mm. Then taking off mounting nuts and old slave cylinder.

To put the new one on just reverse the steps, mount the new one, hook the hydraulic line back up, fill the master clutch cylinder resivoir with brake fluid and bleed it again. Do it until the fluid comes out yelowish. Top on resivoir, and that is it.

Yes always use an original toyota slave...it is always proven better in the past than an aftermarket one...

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