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Do i have a hydraulic or cable clutch in my manual transmission? if it is hydraulic, how much should it cost to repair/replace?

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It is a hydraulic clutch, you should bleed it with fresh fluid before taking it in, as it's fairly easy, if a bit tedious. It can be done on your own, but will take 10-15 minutes and a fair few trips between in the car and in under the hood.

to bleed you'll need:
small hose that fits fairly snug on the bleeding nipple, around 8-12 inches in length.
small wrench (I want to say 8mm, but I can't recall for sure off hand)
a jar for the old fluid to be purged into
some DOT 3 (or higher) brake fluid

Preparation: place the hose onto the bleed nipple (just follow the hose from the reservoir, which is attached to the air filter box, down to the transmission itself, it should be pretty much up front and fairly easy to access) [my own preference is to use a closed end wrench on the nipple first then the hose to help hold it in place]

Bleeding: use the wrench to loosen the nipple a bit (maybe quarter turn), then press the clutch pedal, if the nipple is loosened enough it will easily go to the floor and stay there, go back around and tighten the nipple, then go back and pull the clutch pedal back off the floor, repeat the process until it appears that the fluid is clear, might be 20 or so repetitions. Don't forget to keep adding fluid to the reservoir as needed.

Last time I did this it made the clutch feel quite a bit firmer

Posted on Nov 17, 2010

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