The clutch slave cylinder is designed to plush the clutch lever in order to engage or disengage the clutch lever or fork. The clutch slave cylinder has a bleeding nipple fitted and bleeds the clutch hydraulic system.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR
The clutch slave cylinder is a component under pressure while it is in use making it possible to leak. If there are any drops, or dampness is found around the clutch slave cylinder, it needs to be attended to ASAP. The most common sign is a clutch pedal going to the floor and also there is difficulty in selecting gears. If you have to force a gear selector into gear this is the time to stop as the selector mechanism is a fragile component that will not tolerate the mechanisms being forced.
IS IT EXPENSIVE TO REPAIR?
The clutch slave cylinder is repairable but not if the bore is scored then it needs to be replaced, costing between $50.00-150.00.
TEMPORARY REPAIR AND LONG TERM REPLACEMENT
It is possible to repair the clutch slave cylinder especially if it is made of cast iron but check the bore. If the bore is scored it may be better replaced. The clutch slave cylinder will need to be bled after being installed.
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By Darren Gow-Brown, Melbourne Australia ©2009