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I have a 1998 Suzuki Sidekick JS Sport, 2WD, 1.8l, 5spd. I am trying to bleed my hydraulic clutch line in order to get my pedal back up off the floor with no success. Does anyone know the most effective and efficient way of doing this? My search on the web has led to many resolutions but with much failure. BTW, I have already replaced the MC, SC, and the clutch throttle valve with no positive results. Thanks in advance for your answers/solutions!!

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  • micah_callan Apr 02, 2011

    How do I perform the reverse bleeding, correctly? As I mentioned before I found several helpful references but none were very specific as to how to perform the reverse bleeding. Do I do it via the bleeder valve or the slave cylinder connection? Also, where can I purchase the Mityvac #07220 Pressure Bleeder that you made reference to? Is it carried in Sears, Home Depot, Lowes, or any other major retailer? Again, I thank you for all of your assistance with this issue.

  • micah_callan Apr 02, 2011

    Thanks for your response but at the risk of sounding ignorant I need a simplified breakdown. I couldn't find the particular 07220 Pressure Bleeder, but did find the mv8000, will this one work as well? How loose does the bleeder valve on slave cylinder need to be? Once again, this information is greatly appreciated and invaluable since it will hopefully help me get my car back on the road after being down for nearly a month because of this issue.

  • micah_callan Apr 04, 2011

    This is exactly what I was looking for. Have not had the opportunity to attempt this yet but I am very hopeful that this will correct the issue that I am having. Will update as soon as I have a chance to implement the plan of action. Thanks again!!!!!

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Hi, here is what I do to bleed the slave on the car. First see if you can push the plunger into the slave without removing the slave. Sometimes you can get a screwdriver between the plunder and the clutch yoke. If you cannot collapse the plunger all the way into the slave in this way, then unbolt the slave from the transmission. Leave the hose attached and put a clear bleeder tube on the bleeder as shown below. Open the bleeder and push the plunger all the way into the slave. Do this repeatedly until no air comes down the tube. Check the reservoir every few plungerfuls to make sure it doesn't run low. Next, push the plunger in again, but this time tighten the bleeder before releasing the plunger. Do this again if more air comes out. This should get all of the air out of the slave. Bolt it back up and check for pressure. If still no pressure, bleed the master cylinder and line by having an assistant push the pedal down while you open and close the bleeder. It is important that the assistant not release the pedal until you have closed the bleeder. If no air is coming thru, continue a few pedal strokes of fluid to make sure any air at the top of the line has a chance to reach the bleed port. If some air did bleed during this procedure, you may need to rebleed the slave, depending on whether or not your pedal pressure is sufficient after bleeding both the slave and master. Please let me know if you have questions.

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To bleed the clutch on this car you need to use a Mityvac bleeder tool or its equivalent) to reverse bleed the clutch, 1st of course you will need to buy the Mityvac which can be very expensive. Reverse bleeding is when you force the fluid up through the slave cylinder to the master cylinder, it is the most effective way to bleed the clutch of trapped air. I suggest you use the least expensive of the bleeders tools that will allow you to reverse bleed the clutch the Mityvac part number is Mityvac #07220 Pressure Bleeder

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    yadayada Apr 02, 2011

    You reverse bleed by pumping fluid under pressure through the slave cylinder up to the master cylinder. Very simple and the only sire fire way I know of getting the air out of the systems component's

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    For the cost of the special tool and effort to do the work you could just as well have a shop do this, and why not contact Mtyvac via email for the tool that is the least cost to do the reverse clutch bleeding. As I said it is not hard to do you just use the tool to apply pressurized fluid to the bleeder fitting at the Slave cylinder, this forces the pressurized hydraulic fluid out of the Slave Cylinder to the Master cylinder and in the process forces ALL the air out of the hydraulic circuit. Any means that you can find to accomplish supplying pressurized fluid to the slave cylinder bleeder will work. I assume you have some mechanical skill, so try and improvise to save money on the tool. You can also call around and see if anyone rents a similar tool for bleeding brakes and clutches. I think I have been very detailed in my explanation of how this works and spent allot of time trying to assist you. Could you please reward my effort by rating my solution as "HELPFUL" for Fixya.com. Thanks

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    yadayada Apr 07, 2011

    Hello
    I was just wondering if you got the clutch problem taken care of? I noticed you rejected my solution so I was wondering what method of bleeding ended up working?? I was pretty sure about the reverse bleed method being the key to your bleeding problem.

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