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    Does this sound like a clutch cylinder problem?

    Had to nip out this morning and I noticed it was hard to get into gear. Had to pump the clutch a bit to finally get into gear, and then it was ok for a while. Since coming home from work I've been out again and it's done the same thing, only a bit worse. It's never done this before today and I am concerned. The clutch isn't slipping at all, even under load. But on one occasion I depressed the clutch pedal and it didn't fully return when I released it. Could this be a problem with the hydraulic cylinders? I hope it's not the clutch itself? Anybody any idea what could cause this?
    2000 1.8 CDX money guzzler a.k.a Bessie

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    Is the brake fluid low? if the cylinder is leaking the level will drop down.

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    Does the brake and cluth system share the same fluid or something? I haven't checked it yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewdevlin86 View Post
    Does the brake and cluth system share the same fluid or something? I haven't checked it yet.
    Yes, they share the same. I'm in the process of having mine done. if it is the cylinder that's faulty there's a good chance that it's soaked the clutch in fluid so you might as well change it at the same time as the cylinder.

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    try bleeding the clutch hydraulic cylinder first, it may have trapped air in it

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    Is bleeding the clutch a tricky job? It seemed fine today, although I must say I am a firm believer in the adage 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure', so I think I'll do it anyway!
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    Is bleeding the clutch a tricky job?
    2000 1.8 CDX money guzzler a.k.a Bessie

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    no i dont think it is, should be a bleed screw on top of the gearbox or something like that? just slack it and have a hose going into a bottle and pump the clutch and make sure its pretty clear and any air will also come out, i think thats pretty much the procedure anyway, similar to the brakes?

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    just make sure you keep your brake reservoir topped up with clean fresh fluid!

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    Right - so is it like this...

    attach hose to bleed nipple.
    have someone press clutch.
    open bleed screw til no air comes out.
    release clutch and repeat til only fluid comes out.

    Is this the general gist of it, or have I mixed up a stage or two?
    2000 1.8 CDX money guzzler a.k.a Bessie

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