REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 5
- Remove as much hydraulic fluid from the clutch reservoir as possible using a turkey baster or other suitable tool.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
- Place a suitable drip pan below the transmission and hydraulic line to catch any fluid which may drip out.
- Disconnect the hydraulic line to the slave cylinder by removing the retainer clip, or using disconnect tool T88T-70522-A or equivalent.
- Remove the transmission from the vehicle. Refer to the procedure in this section.
- Working from inside the clutch housing, remove the clutch slave cylinder-to-transmission bolts and slide the slave cylinder off the transmission input shaft.
- Slide the slave cylinder onto the input shaft and position it in place. Secure using the retainer bolts, tightening them to 14-19 ft. lbs. (19-25 Nm).
- Install the transmission as described in this section.
- Connect the hydraulic line to the slave cylinder using tool T88T-70522-A or equivalent.
- Lower the vehicle. Add hydraulic fluid and bleed the system as outlined in the procedure in this section.
HYDRAULIC CLUTCH SYSTEM BLEEDING
After any clutch hydraulic system work has been completed, or if air is trapped in the line, the system must be bled. The following procedure is used with the hydraulic system installed on the vehicle. The largest portion of the filling is carried out by gravity.
- Clean all dirt and grease from around the reservoir cap.
- Remove the cap and diaphragm and fill the reservoir to the top with approved DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid.
- To keep brake fluid from entering the clutch housing, place a suitable rubber tube of appropriate inside diameter from the bleed screw to a clear container with brake fluid filling the bottom 1 / 3 of the container. Make sure that the end of the tube is below the top level of the fluid.
- Loosen the bleeder screw (located at the slave cylinder body) next to the inlet connection.
- Fluid should now begin to flow from the master cylinder, down the tube and into the slave cylinder. The reservoir must be kept full at all times to insure that there will be no additional air drawn into the system.
- Bubbles should appear at the bleeder screw outlet, indicating that air is being expelled. When the slave cylinder is full, a steady stream of fluid will come from the slave cylinder outlet. When no more bubbles emerge from the tube, tighten the bleeder screw.
- Place the diaphragm and cap on the reservoir. The fluid in the reservoir should be level with the step or mark on the reservoir.
- Have an assistant exert a light load on the clutch pedal, then slightly loosen the bleed screw. Maintain pressure until the pedal touches the floor, then tighten the bleed screw. Do not allow the clutch pedal to return until the bleed screw is tightened completely. Fluid and any air that is left should be expelled through the bleed port.
- Refill the reservoir to the level at the step or fill mark. Install the diaphragm and cap. If evidence of air still exists, repeat Step 7.
- The hydraulic system should now be fully bled and should properly release the clutch. Check the vehicle by starting, pushing the clutch pedal to the floor and placing the shift lever in REVERSE. There should be no grinding of gears with the clutch pedal within 0.50 in. (13mm). If there is gear clash, inspect the hydraulic system for air and repeat the bleeding procedure.