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Old 02-06-2010, 02:38 PM   #1
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Need Help Bleeding Clutch

I'm having trouble bleeding the hydraulic clutch on my 2002 Ford Focus.

I hung a bottle of brake fluid above the reservoir to create a constant flow & have no chance of introducing air bubbles.
I then attached a vacuum line to the bleeder valve on the slave cylinder bleed screw. The fluid is sucked out of the hydraulic system and into a vacuum chamber.

The brake fluid runs pretty clear but I am still getting some small bubbles.

The clutch pedal feels ok, but the car doesn't want to go into first gear or reverse gear.

I bled the brakes first, and the brake pedal is solid.

The fluid level in the reservoir is staying steady. I filled it exactly to the max-fill line and it has not lost any fluid after driving the car around town for 2 weeks.

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P.S. If I figure out how to upload a jpg file, I'll show you some pics of the vacuum setup.


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Old 02-06-2010, 03:10 PM   #2
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Hm. Is the throwout bearing rattling around really badly?
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Lubing the bleeder screw threads (I use never-seize) will reduce (or eliminate) false bubbles if you don't open it too far.
Sorry no other helpful thoughts right now...
Sounds like you are doing good bleeding job.
Oh! - did you try pumping fluid through with the pedal? (only other bleeding related thought..)
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Here are some pics of the setup.




Anti-seize compound is a good idea. I use it on everything else I take apart.

I don't know about the throw-out bearing.
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Old 02-06-2010, 04:59 PM   #5
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did Photos go through?



http://s849.photobucket.com/albums/a...eding%20Clutch
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No, for photobucket you use the IMG tags instead of URL tags. The easiest way is to copy the IMG tag from the pic from PB, then come here and paste it in the thread. Now if you have the URL, use the little symbol up above that looks like a postcard, and it will insert the IMG tags for you. I'll edit this one.

If you can't get into 1, 2 or 5, R, but you can get into 3,4- then the problem is not the clutch, it's the shifter or the shifter connection to the transmission.
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Apparently swapping tags doesn't work, go back and copy the IMG version under the pic.

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Look under your hood and check the shift linkage to make sure it's not loose and hasn't come out of an attachment point
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