CLUTCH WON'T ENGAGE OR DISENGAGE

  • Tiny
  • Milo
  • 1995 GMC C3500
  • 100,000 miles

I replaced the clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder. There was no pressure on the clutch pedal so I assumed it was only a hydraulic problem. Slave cylinder is working fine now, but clutch won't engage. There were no problems with the clutch before this. Am I missing something simple or is it the throwout bearing?

Sunday, October 16th, 2011 AT 2:04 AM

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  • Tiny
  • ASEMaster6371
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Sounds like you have air left in the system. You need to bleed this system completely. If it worked before then it should work again.

Roy

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Sunday, October 16th, 2011 AT 2:06 AM
  • Tiny
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I bled the system until I was sure it was good. Do I HAVE to use a vaccuum for this?

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Sunday, October 16th, 2011 AT 2:15 AM
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It is best too. Air is real tough to get out without it.

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Sunday, October 16th, 2011 AT 2:19 AM
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I'll try that. Thanks

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Sunday, October 16th, 2011 AT 2:25 AM
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Good luck

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Sunday, October 16th, 2011 AT 2:29 AM
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Still no joy. I don't have a vaccuum, but I tried filling the line from the bottom with a pump. I tried unbolting the slave cylinder, holding it vertical and depressing the shaft and only got a couple of small bubbles. Still won't even break the plastic strap on the slave cylinder but I have good pedal pressure, just can't get it in gear. Any other ideas would be appreciated.

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Monday, October 17th, 2011 AT 11:50 PM
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Still sounds like an air issue. Did you gravity bleed it too?

Roy

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 AT 3:50 AM
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I tried everything but a vaccuum. How much travel should there be on the slave cylinder? Even if the clutch is slipping, shouldn't I be able to get it into gear? Thanks.

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 AT 5:37 AM

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