Re: I filled my clutch resevoir and can't bleed. It
Sounds like the master cylinder is not properly bleed. make sure there is no air in system, thats the most common reason that it does not build up pressure, did the cylinder run dry?, if so, more then likely you have air in system, if not, you may need a new slave cylinder.
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Had this problem about a month ago when I replaced my clutch and brake pipes.
Ensure bike is in upright position and not on side stand. Cover your grips and tank due to fluid spillage.
Use slow motions and pump 10 times depressing the clutch and releasing it fully, before opening nipple. Use only dot 4 or 5 brake fluid. Try by first opening the bleeding nipple, depress clutch, close nipple, release clutch. Do this several times prior to standard bleeding procedure. In my case and I don't know if this was random, but the clutch master's seals collapsed when I removed the pressure in the pipe whilst replacing the clutch and brake pipes. Factory specs say you should replace the brake and clutch pipes every 2 years, so I used braided hoses, they last almost a lifetime in my opinion. It still stays a tedious job bleeding the clutch, so pack a can of patience. In my case I eventually got it right in a unconventional manner. I filled a bleeding bottle(small plastic coke bottle would work fine)with new fluid. I then opened the bleeding nipple (reservoir should be empty when doing this) and gently squeezed fluid through the nipple until it reached the reservoir. This is NOT a recommended procedure as you may damage your master's seal, but I was desperate. After reservoir is full, bleed clutch using standard operating procedure and with a bit of luck you will be having clutch. Hope this helps!
There are 2 ways to bleed the clutch slave cylinder on any vehcile really. First way is to have a person in the car pump the clutch pedal several times and hold it to the floor. While the person holds the clutch pedal to the floor a second person opens the bleeder screw on the slave cylinder itself, once the air/fluid has stopped running out of the bleeder screw, tighten it again and have the first person in the car pull up on clutch pedal from the floor (because it will stick down after openening and tightening the bleeder screw) and then repeat that process until the clutch pedal feels good and hard. Make sure you fill the fluid in the clutch master resevoir each time you open and close the bleeder screw so you don't get new air coming through the system from emptying the resevoir.
Now, the second way is the way I prefer because you only need 1 person, however you do need more tools. Fill the clutch master resevoir will the proper fluid then find a cap that fits the resevoir or buy a replacement cap and drill a small 1/8" hole in the middle of the cap then use a vacuum pump and insert a rubber adapter (from the vacuum pump kit) into the 1/8th hole you have drilled. you'll want to hook up your vacuum pump with an inline catch tank that usually comes with the kit you purchase. Then just pump the tool creating a vacuum in the master resevoir, this will reverse bleed all the air up into the resevoir. as you see the fluid drop add more fluid and repeat this process until the fluid no longer drops. Check the clutch pedal for proper opperation and you're good to go!
Ford has special bleeding and blocking instructions for clutch slave. Check manual for proper bleeding requirements. May consider presurre bleeding of master cylinder or use master cyclinder bleeding tubes that fill the resevoir as you bleed the and remove all air in system.
It's a tiny resivoir, usually above or near the master cylinder or brkae fluid resevoir. You'll have to bleed the clutch. Fill the resevoir. With someone in the car...find the relief valve on the transmission, right above the clutch wire to tranny. Open valve and have the person in the car slowly push the clutch to the floor. This will cause the fluid to squirt out. Close the valve then have the person return the pedal...it might not return by itself. Due this about 3-4 times. Top off resevoir.
The clutch hydraulic system is very small. Check the resevoir is full. If empty fill. Try clutch. Still problem ? Bleed the clutch slave cylinder at the trans bleeder. You dont bleed this clutch like brakes pumping up several times. Have someone push clutch to the floor and hold it there, then you open and close bleeder while keeping pedal to the floor. Check the fluid level every time you open/close the bleeder as this system is so small and will empty quick.
If equipped with a hydraulic clutch the vehicle should have a resevoir under the hood for this. Just top off as necesary. If completly empty or low before filled it may be necesary to bleed off air. This is similar to bleeding air from brake system.
The best way is by 'pressure bleeding'. Workshops have these as an every day tool, but you can do this by letting gravity do it for you. Fill the clutch resevoir right up, then open the bleed valve on the slave cylinder and let the fluid drip through until clear of all traces air, Close the bleed valve. Your clutch should work now. Do not touch the clutch pedal until the operation is completed.
Just a thought.....air will rise. If you put plenty of fluid in the clutch res... lock it down......and you put the bleeder valve higher than the reservoir....(tilt the wheel you are bleeding in the air) won't the air go to the top...........?????...just a back words way of thinking of it..........hmmm mtg
Patience young Skywalker. It took me almost 3 hours to get a good clean bleed on mine. I suggest this method.
Get a friend. One person goes down to the clutch bleed screw, the other stays on the clutch handle. Crack open the clutch bleed screw, THEN depress the handle slowly, and before the handle bottoms out tighten the bleed screw. Do this for 2 or 3 full resevoirs, and whatever you do, DO NOT let the resevoir go enpty. You MUST install and tighten the cap each time you fill fluid. It will not bleed without the cover in place.
After you get a "pedal", pull the handle all the way to the stop, then release the bleed screw untill clear.