Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Clutch Slave Cylinder

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Clutch Slave Cylinder

If your manual car has abnormal pedal feel, low or contaminated brake fluid, or any visible leaks, you may need to replace the clutch slave cylinder. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Clutch Slave Cylinder Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2010 Ford E-350 Super Duty $154 $83.71 $70.00 19% $191.21
2013 Volkswagen Jetta $268 $177.03 $91.00 15% $316.78
2010 Mazda Tribute $155 $84.91 $70.00 19% $192.41
2009 BMW 528i $252 $154.29 $98.00 17% $304.79
2004 Acura TSX $181 $111.17 $70.00 17% $218.67
2014 Porsche Boxster $207 $115.83 $91.00 19% $255.58
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Clutch Slave Cylinder?

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The clutch slave cylinder is a component found on vehicles equipped with manual transmissions. It works together with the clutch master cylinder to disengage the clutch when the pedal is pressed so that the transmission can be safely shifted. The clutch slave cylinder receives pressure from the master cylinder and extends a rod, which will push against a fork or lever to disengage the clutch. When the clutch master cylinder has any problems, it can cause issues with shifting gears, which will take away from the overall drivability of the vehicle and can even damage to the transmission. Usually a clutch slave cylinder will produce a few symptoms that alert the driver that a problem has occurred and needs to be serviced.

1. Abnormal clutch pedal feel

One of the first clues of a potential problem with the clutch master cylinder is abnormal clutch pedal feel. If the clutch slave cylinder develops any sort of leak internally or externally it may cause the pedal to feel spongy or mushy. The pedal may also sink all the way to the floor and stay there when depressed, and may not be able to properly disengage the clutch so the transmission can be safely shifted.

2. Low or contaminated brake fluid

Low or contaminated fluid in the reservoir is another symptom commonly associated with a problem with the clutch slave cylinder. Low fluid can be caused by leaks in the system, and perhaps at the slave or master cylinders. The rubber seals inside the slave cylinder can also break down over time and contaminate the brake fluid. Contaminated fluid will appear cloudy or dark.

3. Leaks on the floor or engine bay

Visible signs of leakage is another symptom of a problem with the clutch slave cylinder. If the clutch slave cylinder develops any leaks, fluid will drip down and leave traces on the floor or in the engine bay. Depending on the severity of the leak, a leaking slave cylinder will usually also have a noticeable, adverse effects on the pedal feel as well.

The clutch slave cylinder is a very important component vital to vehicles equipped with manual transmissions, and any problems with it can lead to issues with the overall drivability of the vehicle. The symptoms commonly associated with a bad clutch slave cylinder, are also similar to the symptoms associated with a bad clutch master cylinder, so it is recommended to have the vehicle properly diagnosed by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine if you need a clutch slave cylinder replacement.

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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.
2009 TOYOTA COROLLA - CLUTCH SLAVE CYLINDER - HOUSTON, TEXAS

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Eric is a great mechanic and he is very professional. The repair he did was fast and he inspected my truck front to back finding nothing else wrong.I will very much request him next time I need repairs on my vehicles.thank you Eric
1991 NISSAN D21 - CLUTCH SLAVE CYLINDER - SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

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Grzegorz was well prepared and offered trouble-shooting solutions prior to starting any work. He was focused on offering the most cost-effective solution. Very pleased with his work.
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