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Old 02-12-2015
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Sound Plausible?

I recently posted an issue I'm having with my truck's tranny/clutch. It was losing travel, engaging right off the floor instead of mid-travel like normal. Gears getting tougher to get into.

Mechanic bled the clutch, signficiant air in the line. Performed beautifully. Of course, it's started to get worse again now, as the cause of the leak was not fixed.

Mechanic has suggested it is likely the slave release bearing/hydraulic actuator for the release bearing. While I am reasonably mechanically inclined, I do not know the system well enough to know if this is a plausible explanation. I would assume he is referring to a seal in this area being the issue.

Just thought I'd look for second opinions before I drop a chunk of change on getting this fixed. I have neither the time nor desire to wrench in my -15C snowy driveway to learn to do this myself.

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On the clutch hydraulic line at the bell housing is a "quick and easy" disconnect, which can be neither quick or easy to disconnect, lol, there is a tool for this, it isn't expensive.
But if you remove that connection and then apply pressure on the clutch pedal(it shouldn't move), and hold that pressure on the pedal for 20 seconds, you should feel if it is holding pressure, if pedal starts to go down even a little then your leak is in the master or line going down to bell housing.
If pedal stays firm then you will need to drop the tranny and replace slave

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