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Dry clutch

          I was involved in the process of bleeding Jeff's clutch on his 
          5ktq.  The five of us (Mike Spiers, Jeff Cadman, Tom Forhan, 
          Murai, and myself), had just bled Mike's '87 5ktq and Tom 
          Forhan's 200tqw (with all of us doing the wrenching on his own 
          car, of course).  
          All vehicles, including my Coupe GT, have hydraulic clutches.  
          But, when we started to bleed Jeff's clutch, we noticed that 
          there was no rubber cap.  We proceeded to clean the bleed nipple 
          (actually, not "we" but just Jeff, the rest of sat around making 
          snide comments and drinking beer, which is essentially how the 
          day went.....) and then applied the bleeder hose and added 
          pressure to the system.  Nothing.  Then Jeff completely removed 
          the bleeder screw and noticed that it was dry inside the clutch 
          slave.  Out of curiosity, we went ahead and applied pressure, and 
          even pumped the brakes, to get some fluid out of the bleeder 
          screw hole.  Still nothing.
          Any ideas?  Jeff says the clutch works, albeit not with great 
          feel.  Does this entail removing and cleaning the clutch slave?  
          Can that be done without pulling the trans?  Is Jeff due his 
          sacrifice to the Audi Gods?   Well, Q-philes, how do we get Jeff 
          out of this one?  
          Paul "Cello" Souza - avowed AudiGeek

     Well, this weekend I got together with fellow listers Murari 
     Srinvanisan (sp? sorry), Mike Spiers, Paul Souza & Tom Forhan for the 
     "1995 DC Region Brakesudsfest"  (Bleeding brakes and drinking beer!)  
     Thanks to all for showing up, Mike for sacrificing his resevoir cap to 
     the cause and especially to Cello Souza and his wife for hosting the 
     Audi Geekfest.
     Each car had its own quirk which we worked around, they're Audis!  
     However, when we finally got to my car (at 10PM) and tried to bleed 
     the clutch slave, nothing - bone dry.  There was no cap on the bleeder 
     valve so it was pretty gunked up, but we even removed it totally, 
     applied pressure with a power bleeder and even pumped the pedal with 
     the valve out and still dry.  The pedal is pretty hard but it works 
     Anyone else ever seen this problem?  I'm assuming it is a problem that 
     should be addressed, or does it just add power assist?  Like I said, 
     the pedal is heavy but not objectionable.  Shower me with your wisdom.
     Jeff Cadman
     '86 5kcstq with a dry clutch, leaking pentosin and no brake lights!
     P.S. - Hope to see some of you out at Summit Point next Sunday.

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Subject: 5kcstq hyd. clutch DRY!?!
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