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I wanted to bleed my clutch line as I was putting in fresh brake fluid.

So this is what I did.

Attached clear tube to the nipple.

Wife pushed the clutch down.
I opened up the bleeder, fluid came out.
I closed the bleeder.
Wife pulled the clutch up.

Wife pushed the clutch down.
I opened up the bleeder, fluid came out.
I closed the bleeder.
Wife pulled the clutch up.

Now when you push the clutch it snaps to the floor, no resistance at all.

What am I doing wrong.

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I was using the bleeder screw just beside the transmission.

I was not using the tool that is in your post about clutch bleeding.

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Punko said:
I was using the bleeder screw just beside the transmission.

I was not using the tool that is in your post about clutch bleeding.

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Haven't done the two person method in years. When I did I would open up the bleed as the pedal was coming down.

I tried pressure bleeding and that works but you get the highest pedal
(which lets you use a clutch stop) removing the slave as mentioned in the clutch bleed post.
 

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Thanks Ron, you guys have to get your wives out there in the garage. :thumbup:

I am going to let the car sit for today, see if it "fixes" itself by tomorrow.

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I had a similar experience when I first bled the clutch on my M3.

If your brake fluid reservoir is the same, there's a little baffle that seperates the the fluid direction. On one side it goes to the brakes, the other -and MUCH smaller side- goes to the clutch. Make sure that is full.

As for the "straight to the floor" action. That *should* change when you start the car. It did for me. I don't think that problem will fix itself, it'll probalby do better if it has some electric help. Try starting the engine and pumping the clutch a few times. Just make sure you take the car out of gear first :)

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The funny thing about the clutch, is that with one exception, the system will bleed itself. Just make sure that you have the reservoir topped off as ffej said - wait overnight, and all of the air should have left the master by morning.

if you ever get air into the slave, you'll need to pull it out of the bell-housing to bleed it - the bleed nipple isn't the highest part of the slave like it is on the brakes.
 

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This is still not working. :mad:

2 person bleed:
Master cylinder is open.
Push clutch down, pull clutch up 4x times with bleed screw closed.
Open bleeder, push clutch down, close bleed screw.
Repeat.

I have been doing this for around an hour? What am I missing.

Very little brake fluid has come out of the bleed screw.


Remove Slave:
I have carefully removed the slave, compressed the cylinder rod slowly let it release 100x times with clutch up. Reinstalled and clutch still snaps down.

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I finally figured it out.

Make sure the reservior is completely full of brake fluid.

I had my car on ramps, slight angle. The reservior looked to be full, but the clutch hydraulics come off the drivers side rear of the reservior.

I have been sucking air all day long. :mad:

My wife said "Out with the bad air, in with the good air". :confused:

So, lesson is make sure the reservior is completely full of brake fluid.

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Punko said:
I finally figured it out.

Make sure the reservior is completely full of brake fluid.

I had my car on ramps, slight angle. The reservior looked to be full, but the clutch hydraulics come off the drivers side rear of the reservior.

I have been sucking air all day long. :mad:

My wife said "Out with the bad air, in with the good air". :confused:

So, lesson is make sure the reservior is completely full of brake fluid.

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http://bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=75518&highlight=reservoir
 

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Thanks, feels good that I solved the problem ... too bad it took the entire fricken day.

So I cleaned up, got ready to roll her off the ramps and now the battery is dead. :bawling:

Guess the battery drained because the door was open for the day.

Anyways, charging it now.

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Mark.
 

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Punko said:
Thanks, feels good that I solved the problem ... too bad it took the entire fricken day.

So I cleaned up, got ready to roll her off the ramps and now the battery is dead. :bawling:

Guess the battery drained because the door was open for the day.

Anyways, charging it now.

Thanks

Mark.
Those factory batteries don't have much reserve. Many have switched to Interstate. You may want to consider it before you find yourself walking home.
 

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Punko said:
I finally figured it out.

Make sure the reservior is completely full of brake fluid.

I had my car on ramps, slight angle. The reservior looked to be full, but the clutch hydraulics come off the drivers side rear of the reservior.

I have been sucking air all day long. :mad:

My wife said "Out with the bad air, in with the good air". :confused:

So, lesson is make sure the reservior is completely full of brake fluid.
Glad you sorted it out. Maybe the other lesson is to pickup a power bleeder for the next go round. No worries and no more smart remarks from the wife! ;)
 

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Punko said:
I finally figured it out. Make sure the reservior is completely full of brake fluid. I have been sucking air all day long.
Man, its happened to us all at one time or another. There was recently a thread on rennlist (Porsche) about a guy that was reporting his clutch was slipping. Posted several times trying to figure it out. His mechanic was recommending a whole new clutch (an expensive proposition in a 911). Turns out he had been resting his foot on the clutch pedal slightly while driving. Just enough to cause it to slip. DOH! :banghead:
 
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