Clutch master cylinder

Dan Cordon cord4530 at
Fri Aug 29 10:05:31 EDT 2003

> What is the level of difficulty for changing the clutch master cylinder?
> I consulted my trusty Bentley, which doesn't have a specific procedure
> for doing it. It just has an illustration of it. It looks fairly
> straight forward, other than it is in a hard to reach place. Any
> thoughts?

I've BTDT just recently on my 5k. The MC is located under the dash  and
held in place with two allen head bolts. They can be tricky to get a
good hold on. I cracked the two bolts loose, then unscrewed the
hydraulic line at the nose Be ready to have something there to catch the
brake fluid!! A small bucket will do, but have some disposable towels
there too to get the drips. Once that was all done, the hardest part was
getting the clip and pin out where it meets the pedal. Some small needle
nose pliers will work wonders there. Getting it out isn't nearly has
hard as putting it back in. Just be patient, and understand that you'll
probably drop the clip about 10 times before you finally get it right.
In hind sight, it may have been easier to remove the drivers seat (you
probably need to clean/vacuum under there anyway right?) for much better

> Also, I finally installed my Samco hoses. I was going to clean up my old
> stock hoses, which are pretty oily. Any suggestions on watch to clean
> them with that will not break them down?

I cleaned my hoses with a solution of water and mild dish soap. Using a
scotch brite pad (or something similar) they cleaned right up and look
good as new. So how are you liking the Samco hoses?

Dan Cordon
Mechanical Engineer - Engine Research Facility
University of Idaho

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