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1998 dodge dakota. i bought a new mastercyl. and slave cyl. i installed them. clutch pedal goes to floor and does not release.

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  • Mary Lipstraw
    Mary Lipstraw Sep 05, 2010

    there is no bleeder valve anywhere on the system.

  • Mary Lipstraw
    Mary Lipstraw Sep 05, 2010

    1998 dodge dakota.how do i bleed the clutch? there is no bleeder valve anywhere on the system.

  • Mary Lipstraw
    Mary Lipstraw Sep 05, 2010

    1998 dodge dakota. how do i bleed the clutch? there is no bleedervalve!

  • Mary Lipstraw
    Mary Lipstraw Sep 05, 2010

    i will buy a mityvac thank you.

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U have air in the system. u will need to buy a MITYVAC brand vacuum clutch bleeder tool, it comes with full instructions and can be purchased at any good auto parts store like NAPA or CARQUEST AUTO PARTS. Please go to the link below and read the MITYVAC article on using a vacuum bleeder tool.

http://www.mityvac.com/pages/info_service_hcl.asp

Posted on Sep 05, 2010

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    yadayada Sep 05, 2010

    Please read this post from a Dodge Forum site
    Dodge clutch master and slave cylinderMy answer is based on a 1998 Dodge Dakota 4.7L 4x4. My clutch operation seems very similar.
    The master cylinder and slave cylinder are replaced as a unit and are not designed to be repaired or bled. The replacement unit will come bled from the factory.
    It may be possible to fill each component separately. Disassemble the slave cylinder by pulling the rod out of the cylinder. Remove the spiral retaining ring and seal unit below and filling it with fluid. Then reassemble. This will only remove the air from the slave cylinder. Perhaps, while the slave cylinder is removed, you could mostly bleed the master cylinder and line by keeping the reservoir full, pumping the pedal while holding the line outlet pointing up. Then carefully reattach the slave cylinder. Of course, it is still possible that you would still have some air in the system after all this hard work!
    Note: Do not press the clutch pedal with the system attached while the slave cylinder is not mounted on the transmission! With fluid in the system, it will cause the slave cylinder rod and all it's parts to shoot out. This will most likely damage the spiral retaining ring.


    NOPE, not possible. Tried it tonight, got no where. ill post more when i know more, but im going to attempt to use a system from another 98 Jeep. Check ur local Dodge dealer to make sure u have the same systems for what u look in ur wreaker for, but its may be possible.

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Hi this is because they need bleeding after they have been fitted, you need to get all the air out of the system as they work simular to the brake system. what you will have to do, is locate the bleed nipple on the slave or master cylinder connect a clear hose over the nipple it must be a tight fit get a clear jar and add some hydraulic fluid about 1/3rd of the jars capacity and put the clear hose in it to the bottom of the jar, and a wrench that fits the nipple, fill the master cylinder with hydraulic fluid and with a friend get them to pump the clutch pedal till it gets a bit hard, then open the nipple to expel the air, then close it off and ask friend to pump the clutch pedal again, continue to fill master cylinder pot and keep doing this till you see no bubbles in the fluid in the jar, this should take about 10 to 15 minuets to complete if it is not working after this then you have something that is faulty.....hope this helps please vote and rate thanks

Posted on Sep 05, 2010

  • steve morris
    steve morris Sep 06, 2010

    hi this is true there is no bleed nipple on the system, apparently dodge ship the clutch system out normally as a whole and not seperate parts, reading on a dodge forum the only way to "bleed" the clutch system is to loosen the hoses and let it drip through, you can do it the same way as above but instead of a jar with fluid in it just a tub to catch the fluid in, get freind to pump the clutch pedal , then from the master cylinder first, loosen the line off that, then tighten straight away then fill pot, then do the line on the slave , do this till it eventually works, it will be messey so make sure you have lots of rags, hope this throws more light onto the subject for you...

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The system will have to be bled through first.
To do this you will need a wrench to open the bleed nipple.
Brake fluid
A short piece of surgical hose or plastic piping that will fit over the bleed nipple and a clear glass container. This is to keep things neat and it is easier to check for air exiting the system.
Fill the reservoir with fluid. Pull the clutch lever back by hand. Remove the dust cap from the bleed nipple on the clutch slave cylinder. Fit the hose over the bleed nipple end, put the other end in the glass container and pour a little brake fluid in the container.
Pump the clutch pedal a couple times. Do it by hand and be sure to pull the lever all the way back on every stroke. You may have to repeat this several times until there is enough fluid in the system to start building pressure. Once it starts building pressure, push down on the lever and open the bleed nipple, then close it again. The pedal has to be kept on the floor as long as the nipple is open.
If you are unable to build up pressure this way, open the bleed nipple. Pull the clutch pedal back and keep it there. After a minute or so brake fluid should start coming out of the bleed nipple, at which point you can start the bleed procedure again.

Posted on Sep 05, 2010

  • Rene Rossouw
    Rene Rossouw Sep 05, 2010

    Ah yes. A real headache to bleed since it requires dismantling the slave and master cylinders. This being a new unit it should be prefilled and factory bled. The only other thing that could now be wrong is that the slave cylinder push rod is not seated properly and you will have to have another go at it unfortunately.

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