Clutch engage/disengage issue

  • 1.8L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 72,500 MILES
The clutch works completely properly after you pump the clutch pedal 6-7 times real quick. That will get you in first gear and on up through second gear then again you have to pump it back up. No signs of leakage around or near the slave or the master cylinder. Pushed the pedal 4-5 times and bled off the slave, tightened it, released the pedal. Did this 3 times. No noticeable air coming out of the fitting, just solid fluid. Then tried the clutch for any improvement. Negligible at best. Which is it? Master or slave that needs replaced? When pumped up the car goes thru the gears properly, fully engaged and strong in all gears until it loses the necessary hydraulic.

Is there a more proper way to bleed the system than what I performed?

If it is the master cylinder that needs replaced, what crazed methodology is required to get it out from the firewall and get a new one installed (just getting to it looks impossible). Any special tool required?

I would appreciate any information from anyone who might have worked on one of these before. This is my first. I won't even begin to discuss the faulty EPS system that has the steering completely out now.

Thanks to all who help with this site. It's a godsend.
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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 AT 9:09 AM

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Hi and welcome back.

So, it sounds like you have a ruptured seal in one of the 2 if there is no fluid loss.

The way you can find out which one it is, is to either pinch off the line with vise grips if you have a section of line that is rubber. If you don't then you need to buy a brass cap that matches the threads and put it on at the slave. Once you have the line blocked step on the clutch.

If it holds pressure then the slave is bad. If not the master is gone.

As for getting it out, there are no tricks. You just move, work around or remove whats in the way. There are no special tools needed.

Here is a guide on bleeding the clutch system:

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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 AT 7:10 PM

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