Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. How Long Does a Slave Cylinder Last?

How Long Does a Slave Cylinder Last?

Clutch Slave Cylinder

Your slave cylinder is within a sealed system, so it will generally last a very long time, and may never have to be replaced. The key word here is, of course “may.” If you’re in the habit of buying newer vehicles, and trading in on a regular bases, the chances of you ever having to deal with slave cylinder failure are low.

That said, there’s really no defined time period for clutch slave cylinder replacement – it’s not a part of your regular maintenance. Chances are that if you own your vehicle for long enough, or if you’ve bought an older vehicle, it’s not unreasonable to think that at some point, the slave cylinder will begin to leak. A slight leak might not be the end of the world – you’ll notice that your clutch isn’t working as well as it once did, and at this point you may be considering replacing the vehicle in any case.

Keep in mind, though, that if you plan on continuing to drive the car, you are going to have to have the problem dealt with. You’ll need to have leaks diagnosed to find out if the problem is in the slave cylinder itself, or in the clutch master cylinder. If you wait, and the leak gets worse, you could end up with complete slave cylinder failure, no clutch, and a vehicle that isn’t drivable. So, if you suspect that your slave cylinder is leaking, you should enlist the services of a professional mechanic who can replace the slave cylinder for you.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.


More related articles

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Flexible Clutch Hose
Common signs include difficulty shifting, low clutch fluid, and feeling no resistance at the clutch pedal.
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...

Related questions

Q: Oil pan bolts fell into transmission bell housing.

Hi there. The issue with leaving bolts in the bell housing on the transmission will be come catastrophic when the bolts come in contact with the clutch assembly. I recommend removing the starter and taking a telescoping magnet through the...

Q: I have a jeep Cherokee 89 and I replace the transmission lines but the new ones won't fit into the transmission the right clips ar

During different years the transmission lines had different types of ends that go into the radiator. If you have just nipples on the lines, then get the proper adapters from the parts store to match them and they will screw...

Q: car won't start and keeps showing error code P0129.

With a reoccurring code such as this, after replacing the sensor, it is time to test the wiring harness and connector at the sensor. The orange wire should have 5V. This would be the 5 volt reference. The black and...