Carson
Carson Reader
6/3/08 1:00 p.m.

My '91's clutch is showing some strange symptoms. The clutch pedal feels normal, then soft, then dead, then back to normal, then feels like I'm stepping on a bowl of oatmeal, then normal, then I'll go to shift and it's already on the floor.

I recently (about 1 month ago) replaced the leaky slave cylinder and while doing so I also went ahead and replaced the rubber hose with a braided steel.

There are no leaks that I can see and the fluid level has remained at the full mark

My first thought was air in the line, but would it take a month of daily driving for the symptoms to show? Now I'm thinking it is the clutch master cylinder on its way out.

What do you guys think?

mistanfo
mistanfo Dork
6/3/08 1:14 p.m.

Sounds like you're right about the master.

Keith
Keith SuperDork
6/3/08 1:36 p.m.

I'd start by bleeding the system, because I'm lazy and that's less work than replacing anything.

Carson
Carson Reader
6/3/08 5:35 p.m.
Keith wrote: I'd start by bleeding the system, because I'm lazy and that's less work than replacing anything.

Agreed. That's what I am going to do first. Of course the drive home was trouble free with a normal clutch feel the whole way.

Could air cause the erratic behaviour?

dollraves
dollraves New Reader
6/3/08 8:02 p.m.

That's pretty much what my master in the '88 Mazda 323 GTX did when it died.

I say buck up and replace the master cylinder.

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