SLAVE CYLINDER TROUBLE

Tiny
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  • 2005 CHEVROLET COBALT
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 72,000 MILES
I have a 2005 chevy cobalt and there was no pressure in the clutch they said it was slave cylinder I took to a mechanic he said the master cylinder had a piece broken off and it needed to be replaced so did that then they replaced slae cylinder and they said they drained clutch fluid and nothing but alchohol came out I asked him well what has to be done to fix this he stated I can show u better than I can tell you. I think I am being ripped off please help.
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Sunday, March 27th, 2011 AT 9:49 PM

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Tiny
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Yep, that story doesn't pass the smell test. What was alcohol doing in the slave cylinder?
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Sunday, March 27th, 2011 AT 10:16 PM
Tiny
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They asked me did someone pour it in there and I am like not that I know of.
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Sunday, March 27th, 2011 AT 10:33 PM
Tiny
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Why would anybody do that? Alcohol eats rubber and would instantly destroy the system. Something isn't right about these guys.
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Sunday, March 27th, 2011 AT 10:36 PM
Tiny
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What they told me was they drained it and clear liquid came out and it smelt of rubbing alchohol. I am totally confused. I don't know how much this wil cost me I paid 250 to replace the master cylinder b/c they said that would need to be replaced before they could see if the slave cylinder needed to be repaired or not.
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Sunday, March 27th, 2011 AT 11:04 PM
Tiny
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How long would alchohol be in there to stop the car from working?
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Sunday, March 27th, 2011 AT 11:27 PM
Tiny
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It would start deteriorating rubber immediately.
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Sunday, March 27th, 2011 AT 11:47 PM
Tiny
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What is the worst damage that can be done and what yould the cost be?
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Monday, March 28th, 2011 AT 12:13 AM
Tiny
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It will ruin everything that has rubber in it that it makes contact with, So the master, slave and hoses. If the Brake master shares a reservoir with the clutch on that car, it will do the same thing to the entire brake system. I can't think of any way that could happen by accident. There is nothing under the hood that uses alcohol.
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Monday, March 28th, 2011 AT 12:16 AM
Tiny
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My breaks worked fine. I have to talk to them again tomorrow concerning this. I will post what they say if you don't mind I would appreciate your feedback.
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Monday, March 28th, 2011 AT 12:19 AM

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