Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Soft clutch, topped off clutch fluid reservoir and clutch pedal became firm/springing back on its own.

asked by on

I have 1984 Celica Supra. I felt my clutch losing a pressure so I pulled over in a to check the clutch fluid, the reservoir was almost empty so I topped it off. Admittedly this is the first time, I've checked it since I got it up and running but I had a Yourmechanic Mechanic do work on my alternator last month on 10/13/16 and he said my fluid levels were fine and not leaking. After driving it around in the neighborhood for a few minutes, I felt the pedal become firm again and it was springing back on its own. There was no grinding when I was shifting gears and I didn't need to exert extra effort to get it into gear. Do you think I should still get it bled out? And do you think it is the master or slave cylinder wearing out? Thank you!
My car has a manual transmission.

It is most common for the clutch hydraulic leak to be from a leaking clutch slave cylinder. You should have the clutch hydraulic system inspected by YourMechanic to see why the fluid is getting low. The fluid gets low anytime there is a leak in the system. You may need to have the clutch slave cylinder replaced. If the clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder are both need replaced then it is a good idea to have both the clutch master and slave cylinders replaced together as a pair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • Soft clutch, topped off clutch fluid reservoir and clutch pedal became firm/springing back on its own.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Clutch pedal will not retract

The most common cause of a clutch pedal that will not retract is the clutch itself, or the slave cylinder. With the clutch not disengaging, this vehicle is not safe to be driven until the repairs have been completed. A...

Q: How do I change the air outlet mode?

Your vehicle has four different air outlet modes: air flow to the upper body, air flow to the upper body and the feet, air flow to the feet, and air flow to the feet with windshield defogger. To switch between...

Q: Whistling sound when accelerating from a stop

Hello. There could be a vacuum leak in the intake or intake gasket. The breather tube from the air filter box to the intake could have a leak in it as well, which may cause the noise you are hearing....

Related articles

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...