Yeah, it was broken. It was broken all along. Probably more broken than the slave cylinder. I've been putting up with that broken for far too long and recently bought a new one. Product reviews on parts-store websites seemed to indicate that people were doing the replacement at home in 1-2 hours, however, I cannot for the life of me figure out how. Looking at the part, replacement will obviously involve working from the engine side of the firewall, but even with a flashlight I cannot even see the part from the engine side of the firewall. Is there any way to replace this part without either A. tearing the whole engine bay apart or B. putting the car on a lift (that I don't have)?