Alero, Grand Am 1999-2005

Hydraulic System

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Bleeding The Hydraulic System



With Bleeder Screw
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Be sure the reservoir is kept full throughout this procedure.
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  5. Depress the clutch pedal.
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  7. Loosen the bleed screw, located on the actuator cylinder body next to the inlet connection.
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  9. Torque the bleeder screw to 17 inch lbs. (2 Nm).
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  11. Repeat previous 3 steps until all air is removed from the system.
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  13. Refill the fluid reservoir.
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  15. To check the system, start the engine and wait 10 seconds.
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  17. Depress the clutch pedal and shift into R . If there is any gear clash, air may still be present.
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Without Bleeder Screw
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Actuator cylinder from the transaxle
     
    Loosen the master cylinder attaching nuts to the ends of the studs
     
    Reservoir cap and diaphragm
     

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  5. Depress the actuator cylinder pushrod about 3 / 4 in. into its bore and hold the position.
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  7. Install the reservoir diaphragm and cap while holding the actuator pushrod.
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  9. Release the pushrod when the diaphragm and cap are properly installed.
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  11. With the actuator lower than the master cylinder, hold the actuator vertically with the pushrod end facing the ground.
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  13. Press the actuator pushrod into its bore with 1 / 2 in. strokes. Check the reservoir for bubbles. Continue until no bubbles enter the reservoir.
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  15. Install the master cylinder and actuator. Refill the fluid reservoir.
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  17. To check the system, start the engine and wait 10 seconds.
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  19. Depress the clutch pedal and shift into reverse. If there is any gear clash, air may still be present.
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