[A4] Clutch Pedal to the floor! (Fixed - sorta)

Richard Hurt rnhurt at gmail.com
Tue May 27 09:26:55 PDT 2008

Well, I have some good news and some bad news.  The good news is that
minutes after posting my last message my Dad (the Mechanic) came over to
give me a hand and after fussing with the Bentley and crawling back under
the car, I found the slave.  WooT!  The bad news is that its going to be a
real bear to get to.  You can't get to it from the top (at least on the V6)
and its sunk into the housing a bit so even from the bottom I can only see
the feed line & nipple.  According to the manual it is held in with a
bracket with only one bolt.  If thats true it might make it a bit easier to
R&R, if not I'm going to have to do it by feel and thats not fun.  :/  The
other thing is the way the lines attach to the cyclindars looks really
weird.  It doesn't look like a normal bolt or even a banjo bolt - it just
looks like a plastic piece with a metal clip on it.  I have no idea how that
holds pressure or even how to remove it.  Any hints?

The other "good" news is that while Dad was pumping the pedal I heard a bit
of sloshing sound coming from the clutch system and the pedal firmed back up
again.  I actually took the car around the block and it was fine.  It even
held the clutch for a couple of minutes and didn't leak-down.  It looks like
it got air in it somehow but the fluid level is fine and I havent touched it
in a year.  If it was leaking you would expect the fluid level to drop,
unless this is the first sign of a leak.  I'm going to give it a few days to
see how it reacts - if I everything is fine then I'll be good and wont have
to replace anything.

My guess is that either the master or the slave is going out (slowly) and
that I'll eventually have to replace them.  Fun.  Fun.


On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 12:11 PM, thejimrose <thejimrose at gmail.com> wrote:

> no worries! i'm pretty sure the ss lives on top of the transmission, on the
> drivers side. you should be able to see it from the engine bay, looking
> between transmission and firewall.
> at least it has been on all of my i5 audi's and the a4 [1.8].
> it is a pita to get to... i think last time i bled one i did it from under
> the car, and you may need to do a bit of disassembly to get to it.
> however i'd suspect the master first, cuz it's easier to replace =)
> On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 6:43 AM, Richard Hurt <rnhurt at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Sorry, I sent this to you and meant to send it to the list.
>> Thanx!
>>   Richard
>> On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 9:42 AM, Richard Hurt <rnhurt at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> OK, I'm trying to find the damn slave cylinder but the manual only
>>> mentions it in passing and I cant see anything under there!  Is it on top or
>>> something!?  Man, that thing is going to be a bitch to change if I cant even
>>> see it.  :(
>>> Thanx!
>>>   Richard
>>> On Mon, May 26, 2008 at 4:24 PM, thejimrose <thejimrose at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> i'll 4rd or 4th the master / slave theory. had this happen on my old
>>>> 5kcstq
>>>> and it was the master. that's about 100$ and an hour. i'd start there
>>>> and
>>>> see where it leaves you. if that doesn't fix it do the slave [cheaper
>>>> but
>>>> harder to get to].
>>>> i DOUBT it's major mechanicals.
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