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After sitting up a little, clutch lever has no presure,, added fluid and still no pres. How do i bleed the clutch?

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There are 2 types of bleeding.
First you just want to move fluid.
You do that by opening the bleeder at the slave cylinder.
Not sure how you get at the slave cylinder, but you can find it by following the hose to the clutch housing. Probably need to remove the clutch cover plate.
Then put your finger over the open bleeder whenever you let go of the clutch lever, so that it acts as a one way valve and does not let air back in.
Once you have it mostly full of fluid, then you can pressure bleed.
close the bleeder. Pump up pressure by squeezing the lever several times, and then just open the bleeder for a second. Do that until there is no more bubbles, but just clear fluid.
Then put back what ever you had to take off.
Making sure fluid is refilled when ever necessary.
Also looking for where ever it leaked out to begin with.

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