Ford Sable, Taurus 2000-05

Hydraulic System


Hydraulic System Bleeding

The clutch system can be bled using a pressure bleeder. Follow the instructions that come with the pressure bleeder for the proper pressure bleeding procedure. The maximum line pressure while pressure bleeding must not exceed 36 pi (248 pa).

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  3. To bleed a clutch manually requires the following:

    The assistance of a second person
    A section of hose that is compatible with brake fluid (preferably clear) and fits the slave cylinder bleeder valve snugly
    A container to catch the fluid that is bled through the system.


Cleanliness is of the utmost importance. Always be sure the fluid reservoir is as clean as possible to avoid bleeding debris or contaminated fluid into the system check valves and seals. As brake hydraulic fluid easily absorbs moisture, always use fresh fluid when bleeding a clutch hydraulic system. If the clutch hydraulic system has been run dry, or if the hydraulic fluid line, clutch slave or master cylinder has just been replaced, it may be necessary to repeat the bleeding procedure a number of times to remove all of the air. Make sure the reservoir does not run dry during bleeding. If the reservoir runs dry the bleeding process must be repeated until no air is present.

  1. To bleed the system perform the following:
    1. Top off the clutch hydraulic fluid reservoir using a fluid that meets the standards of the vehicle-s clutch hydraulic system.
    3. With one end of a section of hose attached to the slave cylinder bleed valve and the other end of the hose submerged into a container of fresh brake hydraulic fluid, open the clutch slave cylinder bleed valve. Slowly press the clutch pedal to the floor and hold the pedal down.
    5. Close the clutch slave cylinder bleed valve.
    7. Slowly release the clutch pedal.
    9. Check the hydraulic fluid level and top off as necessary.

  3. Repeat the above steps until the discharged fluid is clean and no air bubbles appear during the bleeding process.