2008 Chrysler Sebring clutch problem

Tiny
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  • 2008 CHRYSLER SEBRING
  • 1.9L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 77,111 MILES
Every morning I am having to pump the clutch pedal to get enough pressure to put the car in to gear and when driving on a long road the clutch will need to be pressed a lot of times to get the pressure back to be able to change gear it is using a very small amount of fluid. The pedal either goes right to the floor and it takes 10 or more pumps to get enough pressure or the pedal will be hard to press down but do get gear change. At the moment a leak cannot be found inside the car from the clutch master cylinder it has been suggested to remove the dust shield from under the engine to see if there is a leak. When I got the car last august the clutch was just fine I had the brake master cylinder changed before Christmas and this issue began to appear and I am wondering if that had any relation to the clutch problem
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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 AT 12:48 PM

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Tiny
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You likely have a leak in either the master or the slave cylinder and you are getting air into the system.
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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 AT 1:06 PM
Tiny
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How could I find out if the slave cylinder was letting the air in I can see the master cylinder from the inside of the car after a mechanic showed me were it was but that only shows the bit in the car. Would a pressure system that is used to bleed the brakes & clutch help with trying to find the air leak being in the UK getting that bit from snap on is very difficult it was ordered in December and now is middle of February is there any other method that would help. Here in the UK they have a European standard brake/clutch resivour that is not the same as the 1 fitted on the Sebring being a US designed vehicle. I have been told that the slave cylinder is in the gearbox and can not be seen from the outside if the man bleeds the clutch manually for a period of time the clutch is just fine as normal then is goes back to the issued described earlier.
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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 AT 2:27 PM
Tiny
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It won't be in the gearbox itself. It will be inside the bell housing where the clutch is. You should be able to look inside and see it. One of those components will have fluid residue on it.
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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 AT 2:34 PM
Tiny
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Sorry for the mistake about the gearbox don't know that much about mechanical bits he just pointed to the place. Is there anyway of seeing the slave cylinder or does the car have to be dismantled a bit to get to the part to see if this is leaking. I know the master cylinder can be seen easily. Does the whole clutch assembly have to be changed just for the slave cylinder I have been told I must change every thing belonging to the slave cylinder. Hope you bear with me as my husband is useless about cars and I rely on the mechanic for information.
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Thursday, February 13th, 2014 AT 12:50 AM
Tiny
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This is not an engine combination that we have here in thhe US so I can't tell you anything specific about it. Your mechanic will have to inspect to see if there are any accessible holes for inspection of the slave. The transmission would likely have to be removed to change it and once you go through all that, you would want to change the clutch also while it's apart.
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Thursday, February 13th, 2014 AT 2:26 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for all your help much appreciated as I said don't know much about what is under the bonnet/hood.

Thanks again
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Thursday, February 13th, 2014 AT 5:17 AM

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