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98 Rav4 - one more time - anyone know for sure if clutch slave cylinder shares fluid supply with brakes - is there a separate resevoir for clutch or not? Have been told here that there is, but elsewhere on web someone says no - that it shares the brake resevoir...have been told to follow the line...easier said than done..bit of a rat's nest...i'd be better helped if someone out there could say for sure, maybe someone who actually knows the rav4?...not a real big deal, now i'm more curious about the depth of fixya than anything....

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  • bwcarter May 01, 2010

    heads up to the various fixya experts...you've all been wrong on this question....yes the pretty picture on Ebay shows a master cylinder with a small resevoir....however, after looking again (found the master cyl but was covered by stuff so couldn't really see for sure if it had a small resevoir) - I ended up taking the vehicle to a Toyota dealer yesterday where it was clarified....this one definately shares the fluid with the brake resevoir, has a line feeding it from brake resevoir....was told by Toyota mechanic like some had the resevoir, and some shared....i know it's hard to figure out vehicle problems without seeing the vehicle and even then it's often difficult...but you know, this whole fixya.com idea was yours, not mine...i think it was the guys at 2carpros.com that had it right, not 100% sure anymore though...am a little bummed out today as i just spent over $200 and 1/2 day of my time replacing the clutch slave cylinder...and nothing, no improvement at all...as per the advice of ronnie.com here at fixya...it's partly my issue for trying the cheaper fix (as opposed to complete clutch job)...but still, how good are you guys?.. is the real question...am also wondering why it isn't allowed to contact an expert of my choice...as i have found at least one good answer by an expert who owns the same vehicle, but am not able to contact again directly ....hmmm


  • bwcarter May 01, 2010

    this solution was correct, but too late to be really helpful ....too bad it took about 5 "experts" to get to this one, and that it took so long i ended up getting it figured out elsewhere

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It is one cylinder that has two comparments in the same cylinder. There is an empty space in the middle which makes it so if there is a leak in one, it won't affect the other

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    Nate Stansfield May 01, 2010

    That is a bummer, I answered it just as soon as I seen it.

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Here is a photo of the reservoir of your model year as show selling on Ebay

Just copy and paste the link below to view on a browser window


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Toyota-RAV4-Genuine-Clutch-Master-Cylinder-96-00-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem335c59d878QQitemZ220592724088QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

Posted on Apr 30, 2010

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    frank thomas wilson May 01, 2010

    Did you happen look way below the brake booster for the reservoir? You will see the cap

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