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Just want to share experience repairing my 95 Escort 1.9 L clutch.

For those of you who suddenly experience a hydraulic loss in clutch pedal combined with re-engaging clutch despite fact that pedal is fully depressed.
If there are no visible leaks in the lines or at the slave cylinder/master cylinder location try listening carefully for faint gurgling noise at the master cylinder location while someone presses and holds the clutch pedal to the floor.
This was how I determined that it was my master and not the slave that had the internal leak. The slave has only one cup which forces the piston through the cylinder. Therefore a simple removal of the slave boot and check for fluid leak will be enough to indicate that the slave is the location of the problem. The master, however, has two internal cups and can lose pressure without an accompanying loss of brake fluid (brake and clutch share the same reservoir)

I hope this information helps you find the problem quickly and saves you the cost of a mechanic diagnosis!!

James
 

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Thanks, I'm actually having this very problem with no fluid loss!
 

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Re: Clutch Problem? Slave cylinder vs clutch master cylnd

This is excellent diagnostic advice, thanks a lot!

jimbolavirus said:
Just want to share experience repairing my 95 Escort 1.9 L clutch.

For those of you who suddenly experience a hydraulic loss in clutch pedal combined with re-engaging clutch despite fact that pedal is fully depressed.
If there are no visible leaks in the lines or at the slave cylinder/master cylinder location try listening carefully for faint gurgling noise at the master cylinder location while someone presses and holds the clutch pedal to the floor.
This was how I determined that it was my master and not the slave that had the internal leak. The slave has only one cup which forces the piston through the cylinder. Therefore a simple removal of the slave boot and check for fluid leak will be enough to indicate that the slave is the location of the problem. The master, however, has two internal cups and can lose pressure without an accompanying loss of brake fluid (brake and clutch share the same reservoir)

I hope this information helps you find the problem quickly and saves you the cost of a mechanic diagnosis!!

James
 

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A sticky may be in order.

GREAT ADVICE for those unaware of how the system functions!!! ;)
 
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