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How to replace a clutch and a slave cylinder

I need to know how to replace a clutch and slave cylinder correctly on my 96 gmc sonoma 4.3L

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I recommend you get the Haynes repair manual on your vehicle. That will explain how to do it correctly.

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Clutch master cylinder low on fluid is it a sign off a bigger problem???


Only if it has a leak somewhere. Not that many places to check. Sometimes the master will leak, and you will have brake fluid below the clutch pedal.
A single steel line runs from master to the slave cylinder, down on the transmission bell housing. Check the line and the slave cylinder for leaks. If the slave is leaking, probably need a new one. And same for the master cylinder.
Fill the reservoir and check clutch operation. If any air got in the line to the slave, you will have to bleed the slave at the bleeder valve there. They are bled just like brakes, using the clutch pedal.

Dec 10, 2013 | 1996 GMC Sonoma

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1997 sonoma - clutch bleeding


I just did mine 2 days ago. There is a allen wrench spot on the back of the slave unit in the front of ******. You need one person with a good leg to get in truck and start pumping clutch one person under truck with allen wrench to loosen and tighten screw. Guy inside needs to pump maybe like thirty times up and down before it pays to open bleeder on slave unit.The guy inside needs to hold down clutch while the guy opens watches then closes bleeder. then guy from inside needs to go under hood to make sure the resevour still has enough fluid.It takes brake fluid in resevour. You don't want the resevour to run low on fluid or you will have to start all over. I had a small leak in the line leading to slave cylinder were I lost fluid and that's how I got air in system make sure you don't have any leaks. Good luck I know it works I have more clutch know then a year ago when I had the slave unit changed.

Apr 11, 2012 | 1997 GMC Sonoma

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How to get air bubble out of clutch


bleeder valve on slave cylinder at transmission

Jan 05, 2011 | 1991 GMC Sonoma

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I have a 1997 gmc sonoma and i need to know if it has a hydrolic clutch and where i would put fluid in. if it is not hydrolic how do i get it adjusted. my clutch is right off the floor not any play at all.


the clutch in 97 sonoma is hydraulic and should not require adjustment. If the clutch is not engaging until it is completely off the floor or close to that point (friction point) then it is indicating excessive clutch disc wear and would require replacement normally. You should not have to add fluid to the clutch circuit unless there were a leak in a line, master cyl (clutch), or slave cylinder, in any case the leak would have to corrected first. the reservoir should be located near the brake reservoir normally a little to the left or the brake master cylinder and reservoir. it would look similar but be much smaller. is the engine rpm rising higher then normal during acceleration indicating possible clutch slippage. i hope this will help you, need any more help just let me know

Jan 28, 2010 | 1997 GMC Sonoma

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Have a 98 gmc sonoma. Clutch does not have much pull but yet does not slip. I cannot get the clutch and gas timing right because the truck boggs down a bit comming out of 1st


either its time for a clutch job or you have a hydrolic slave cylinder issue. the fluid could be real low, you could have air in the system.

Sep 28, 2009 | 1998 GMC Sonoma

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Cluth line to transmission is leaking and loose on transmission


slave cylinder, first check to see if it has fluid, than bleed like you the brakes, there is a resvoier for just the clutch it is usually held on w/ 2 bolts the slave cylinder

Sep 19, 2009 | 1991 GMC Sonoma

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How to replace a slave cylinder on a 96 4.3 sonoma


  • 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.

Sep 05, 2009 | GMC Sonoma Cars & Trucks

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