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      09-30-2014, 10:24 AM   #1
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Help bleeding the clutch

This may be a dumb question, but I'm really stumped on bleeding the clutch. I bleed brakes on regular basis, so I know that routine well.

I jacked up the car, removed the transmission cover, pressurized the brake fluid reservoir with a Motive Power Bleeder to 10 psi, attached a hose, and loosened the little plastic bleed screw. No flow.

I increased power bleeder pressure to 15psi. Nada. I pushed the clutch pedal, fluid came out, but the pedal stayed down. Manually pulled the pedal up, pushed it again, more fluid came out but the pedal stayed down again. This doesn't seem right to me.

Why isn't the fluid flowing without me pumping? What am I doing wrong?
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      09-30-2014, 05:15 PM   #2
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there is a one way valve in the clutch. don't put pressure with a motive bleeder. instead leave the bleeder screw open and pump the clutch.fluid will only flow 1 way. make sure you keep topping up the reservoir.
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      09-30-2014, 06:28 PM   #3
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there is a one way valve in the clutch. don't put pressure with a motive bleeder. instead leave the bleeder screw open and pump the clutch.fluid will only flow 1 way. make sure you keep topping up the reservoir.
When you say "pump the clutch", you mean I should manually lift the pedal off the floor after pushing it? Or do you expect the pedal to come back up by itself?
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      09-30-2014, 06:50 PM   #4
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Leave the motive attached to assist with fluid flush. Sometimes it does that where the pedal feels like it looses pressure but after you're done and you close the valve, manually push and lift the pedal, it takes a lot of rapid pumps but it comes back.
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Okay, so I'll do this again next weekend:
1. Motive bleeder on for assistance. (will be using for a brake bleed anyway)
2. Open valve
3. Push clutch pedal
4. Lift clutch pedal off the floor with my hand
Repeated 3 + 4 until fresh fluid comes out
5. Close valve, remove motive bleeder, put everything back.
6. Pump the pedal until it feels normal before driving

Right?
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Okay, so I'll do this again next weekend:
1. Motive bleeder on for assistance. (will be using for a brake bleed anyway)
2. Open valve
3. Push clutch pedal
4. Lift clutch pedal off the floor with my hand
Repeated 3 + 4 until fresh fluid comes out
5. Close valve, remove motive bleeder, put everything back.
6. Pump the pedal until it feels normal before driving

Right?
Yes that's it
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      10-03-2014, 07:34 AM   #7
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I usually do not use the Motive when bleeding a slave. If you have two people, do the pedal pump method, with one person under the car opening and closing the slave. If there is just me, I remove the slave and bleed it manually, by holding it in my hand, releasing the bleed, depressing the piston, tightening the bleed and repeating 4 or 5 times. Hold the slave with the bleed end up. On some cars, you may have to undo the nut holding the bracket that holds the union of the flexible hose with the hardline into the slave so you can maneuver the slave around.
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      10-23-2014, 04:22 PM   #8
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The motive bleeder works on my 09. You just have to open up the bleeder screw more than you think.
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I usually do not use the Motive when bleeding a slave. If you have two people, do the pedal pump method, with one person under the car opening and closing the slave. If there is just me, I remove the slave and bleed it manually, by holding it in my hand, releasing the bleed, depressing the piston, tightening the bleed and repeating 4 or 5 times. Hold the slave with the bleed end up. On some cars, you may have to undo the nut holding the bracket that holds the union of the flexible hose with the hardline into the slave so you can maneuver the slave around.
I though this car had a check valve on the slave making it a one person job now?
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I though this car had a check valve on the slave making it a one person job now?
This is a timely discussion ... I am about to bleed my brakes. I've done it once with the Motiv bleeder, but doubt it that the clutch was bled. More info will be extremely useful. Thank you guys.
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I though this car had a check valve on the slave making it a one person job now?
Yes it does but the motive is a must to help push old fluid out
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I always thought in manually doing it, you pump the clutch couple of times, then hold it depressed while you open and close the bleeder valve. Repeat again once you've had some pressure build up.
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