[A4] Clutch Woes - Round 2

Tom Christiansen tomchr at gmail.com
Tue Jun 3 20:42:14 PDT 2008


I bled the clutch on my 1994 90S using a pressure bleeder. Easy...

I built my own pressure bleeder from a garden sprayer, an old brake fluid
reservoir cap, some hose, and a couple of hose nipples.


On Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 7:11 PM, Richard Hurt <rnhurt at gmail.com> wrote:

> OK, I just replaced both the master & slave clutch cylinders on my '98 Q
> 30v
> and boy was it fun!  The master was by far the hardest and took a couple of
> hours.  The secret to my installation was to use the firewall seal/steel
> washer off of the old master.  The new seal was too big for me to get in
> properly.  I'm talking about the seal that goes around the main line
> against
> the firewall - it only keeps out the rain and drafts and should be fine to
> use the old one.  The slave was really not too bad at all.  I took off the
> drivers side front tire and had my Dad guide me in.
> Now for the big question: how the hell do you bleed the clutch system!?!?!
> We tried the old 2-man manual method but didn't get anywhere.  We also
> tried
> the tube in a mason jar method with about the same results.  I looked a
> little bit on-line and it seems like our cars (+ SAAB & Volvo) require a
> pressure bleeder.  You can't use a vacuum bleeder because it just sucks the
> juice out of the master cylinder and I know that the manual method doesn't
> work.  All we got were some light puffs of air coming out of the system but
> the pedal still drops right to the floor with no resistance at all.
> Can anybody point me in the right direction here?  Any recommendations on a
> pressure bleeder?  How about a DIY model?  The manual says it needs a
> pressure of 32 psi but that seems quite high to me.
> Thanx!
>  Richard
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