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The clutch slave cylinder is located on the inside or outside of the transmission. If the slave cylinder is mounted on the outside of the transmission, it is normally attached by two bolts. Every time hydraulic pressure is applied, the clutch slave cylinder has a rod that extends out to the master cylinder. The rod contacts the clutch fork, which activates the clutch pressure plate and allows you to smoothly switch gears.

If the clutch slave cylinder is located on the inside of the transmission, the slave cylinder and clutch release bearing are one unit. This unit is held on by two or three bolts and slides into the input shaft of the manual transmission. Since this is a single unit, there is no need for the clutch fork.

The clutch slave cylinder is part of the hydraulic clutch system and helps with clutch disengagement. Once you press the clutch pedal, the master cylinder applies a certain amount of pressure to the clutch slave cylinder, which allows the clutch to release.

The clutch slave cylinder can go bad over time after being used every time you depress the clutch. As the slave cylinder goes bad, the vehicle will not be able to properly shift gears, and there will be several other issues as well. In addition, normally when the clutch slave cylinder is going bad, it starts leaking because the seal is going bad as well. It will also allow air inside the clutch system, which will make your pedal feel soft. This can be very dangerous and is a very clear sign that the clutch slave cylinder needs to be replaced.

Since your clutch slave cylinder can wear out and leak over time, you should be aware of symptoms that indicate that the failure is happening.

Signs that your clutch slave cylinder need to be replaced include:

  • You are not able to change gears when you are driving
  • Brake fluid is leaking around the clutch pedal
  • When you press the clutch pedal, it goes all the way to the floor
  • Your vehicle constantly has low fluid levels because of a leak
  • The clutch pedal feels soft or loose

The clutch slave cylinder is an essential part in your clutch system, so it is vital you have the cylinder repaired right away if you find that you are having troubles with it.


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Daniel

20 years of experience
315 reviews
Daniel
20 years of experience
Nissan 350Z - Clutch Master Cylinder - Lake Jackson, Texas
Very personable and knowledgeable. Went out of his way, even at late hours, to make sure my vehicle was taken care of. Great experience. Super easy.
Toyota Corolla - Clutch Master Cylinder - Houston, Texas
Daniel was early and finished promptly, did a great job in this awful heat to boot and didn’t try to up charge me! I will definitely request him again.

Lucas

20 years of experience
850 reviews
Lucas
20 years of experience
Honda Civic - Clutch Master Cylinder - La Canada Flintridge, California
Performed great work and was very friendly during the process. Would recommend and even be a return customer if need be.

Genaro

12 years of experience
285 reviews
Genaro
12 years of experience
Honda Civic - Clutch Master Cylinder - Houston, Texas
Genaro is prepared, punctual, knowledgeable, experienced and capable. He has worked on my car several times now, and even when yourmechanic.com gave him the wrong part (not his fault-- the alternator plug was wrong), he went out of his way to communicate with me as far as scheduling to come back the next day (it was already after 4pm, so there wasn't any more that could be done the same day). He is receptive to what I tell him I think is going on with the car, but I am grateful that he always uses his own judgement and doesn't take my anecdotes as evidence. I would recommend Genaro to my closest friends and family. Thanks, Genaro! And sorry for taking so long to write you this review!

TJ

25 years of experience
356 reviews
TJ
25 years of experience
Mazda RX-7 - Clutch Master Cylinder & Slave Cylinder Replacement - Port Charlotte, Florida
A++++++++ great job on my Mazda Rx7. Will not hesitate to call for T.J. again for all of my families vehicles maintenance and repairs. He is truly a credit to your organization with all the knowledge and experience he brings to the job.

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