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Can't bleed clutch, lever will not build up any pressure. no leaks and no air in system.

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  • rlsticks Apr 14, 2009

    don't have a pressure bleeder tried the hose in the cup method and did not see any air just no pressure

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  • Rick Reichlein May 11, 2010

    Have you tried pressure bleeding it?



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Some are hard to bleed without a pressure bleeder. They only cost abt $35 & are often quite helpful for the bike brake cylinders as well. I also have a vacuum bleeder that the line goes over the bleeder. Either should work fine, since these systems are so small just a little air in the system can make your clutch not work. If you dont have either, i would reccomend buying the vacuum bleeder first. Rick

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  • Rick Reichlein Apr 14, 2009

    You are welcome. I bled these cylinders the hard way for many years until I bought the vac & pressure bleeders.



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