Subaru Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1985-1996 Repair Guide

Slave Cylinder and Damper



The clutch slave cylinder and damper are located on the top of the transaxle housing. To remove the slave cylinder and damper, disconnect and plug the fluid lines and remove the mounting bolts. To install, reverse the removal steps. Tighten the slave cylinder and damper mounting bolts to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm). Tighten the fluid hoses to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm). Be sure to bleed the system when installation is complete.


See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: Bleeding the hydraulic clutch at the clutch damper

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Fig. Fig. 2: Bleeding the hydraulic clutch at the slave cylinder

To properly bleed the system, it must be bled at the slave cylinder and at the damper. Each of these has an air bleeder on it.

  1. Connect a vinyl tube to the air bleeder on the damper and put the other end in a jar with clean clutch fluid.
  3. With the help of an assistant depressing the clutch pedal, slowly open the bleeder valve. Close the bleeder valve and release the pedal. Repeat this process until no air bubbles appear in the jar.
  5. Move the tube to the bleeder on the slave cylinder and repeat the process. Check the operation of the clutch after the bleed procedure is complete.