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Old 05-12-2016
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Icon5 Clutch help needed

So It is nice out here and I have some extra cash now. So I am going to change out my clutch and slave. When I bought the truck 5 months ago the guy mentioned the clutch was soft. Well it is engaging at the very top and feels very soft. I want to get it out of the way now because I don't want to have it go out at a unplanned time lol. Well I'm going to put a Luk 07-140 clutch back in it (ford from factory installed Luk clutches? this is what I have read). Im not too worried about the actual installation, although this is my first clutch job. I'm more worried about bleeding the system, I have read that these are a real PITA to bleed. I plan to replace these parts. Throw out bearing, clutch, pressure plate, Slave. Since I'm not replacing my clutch master cylinder and it is already full of fluid will it be as difficult? Would I just have to gravity bleed the slave? Again this is my first clutch job.
Any help is greatly appreciated, I plan to do this job in a month or so
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Old 05-13-2016
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You will get a few reasons the clutch Hydraulic system is hard to bleed, yet In my opinion it is because.

Once installed the clutch master cylinder and line going to the slave cylinder has places where air will accumulate.

Here is a link that helps explain the issue and how to bleed the system properly.

There are other ways to do this yet I feel this is the only method I would use, when replacing the master cylinder or any clutch component.

I say this because this video shows you how to check for proper clutch throw out bearing travel and clutch disk release.

Once your done you will know for sure all the air is released.

Even if you do not replace the master cylinder you cannot know for sure no one else had this system apart and did the proper job purging the air.
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