GM Prizm/Nova 1985-1993 Repair Guide

Clutch Slave Cylinder

Print

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




WARNING
Do not spill brake fluid on the painted surface of the vehicle.

  1. If access under the hood is limited, it may be easier to reach the actuator from under the vehicle. Raise the front of the car and support it with jackstands. Be sure that is supported securely.
  2.  
  3. If necessary, remove the rear splash shield to gain access to the release cylinder.
  4.  
  5. Remove the clutch fork return spring.
  6.  
  7. Unfasten the hydraulic line from the release cylinder by removing its retaining nut.
  8.  
  9. Remove the release cylinder retaining nuts and remove the cylinder.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Reinstall the cylinder to the clutch housing and tighten the bolts to 106 inch lbs (12 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Connect the hydraulic line and tighten it to 11 ft. lbs. (11 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the clutch release spring.
  6.  
  7. Bleed the system and remember to top up the fluid in the master cylinder when finished.
  8.  
  9. Install the splash shield if it was removed.
  10.  
  11. Lower the car to the ground.
  12.  

OVERHAUL



See Figure 1

  1. Remove the pushrod assembly and the rubber boot.
  2.  
  3. Withdraw the piston, complete with its cup; don't remove the cup unless it is being replaced.
  4.  
  5. Wash all the parts in brake fluid.
  6.  
  7. Replace any worn or damaged parts. Inspect the cylinder bore carefully for any sign of damage, wear or corrosion.
  8.  
  9. Before reassembly, coat all the parts in clean brake fluid. Insert the spring and piston into the cylinder.
  10.  
  11. Install the boot and insert the pushrod.
  12.  



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Fig. 1: Clutch slave (actuator) cylinder components

BLEEDING



See Figure 2

  1. Fill the master cylinder reservoir with brake fluid.
  2.  


WARNING
Do not spill brake fluid on the painted surface of the vehicle!

  1. Fit a tube over the bleeder plug and place the other end into a clean jar half-filled with brake fluid.
  2.  
  3. Depress the clutch pedal, loosen the bleeder plug with a wrench, and allow the fluid to flow into the jar.
  4.  



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Fig. 2: Slave cylinder bleeding

  1. Tighten the plug and then release the clutch pedal.
  2.  
  3. Repeat these steps until no air bubbles are visible in the bleeder tube.
  4.  
  5. When there are no more air bubbles, tighten the plug while keeping the clutch pedal fully depressed.
  6.  
  7. Top off the fluid in the master cylinder reservoir.
  8.  
  9. Check the system for leaks.
  10.  

 
label.common.footer.alt.autozoneLogo