When a clutch begins wearing down, grinding or malfunctioning, it's time for you to bleed it. The ins and outs of the clutch system must first be understood to execute this task. A hydraulic clutch system consists of a brake fluid reservoir, a master cylinder and a slave cylinder. From the reservoir, fluid moves from the master cylinder to the slave cylinder, which connects to the transmission. On a Chevy Camaro, bleeding a clutch requires a certain procedure, and proper repair here is crucial to the functioning of the clutch system.
Things You'll Need
- Wrench set
- Small plastic tube
- Jack stands
- Cleaning rag
- DOT-3 brake fluid
Use a jack to put the car up on jack stands.
Locate the clutch fluid reservoir. Make sure there is a sufficient amount of fluid. If not, fill it up.
Loosen the bleeder nut on the slave cylinder. Check your Camaro owner's manual for the precise location. It should be near the transmission in most models.
Put the small plastic tube over the bleeder nipple on the slave cylinder. Place the other end of the tube into a jar of DOT 3 brake fluid.
Ask your helper to press down slowly on the clutch pedal. When air bubbles start coming out, it is successfully bleeding.
Reattach every screw, nut and cap. Check the fluid levels again.
Tips & Warnings
- Wear gloves because brake fluid may get on your hands. Use a rag to clean off the master cylinder. This can be done before or after and is important to clutch maintenance. The master cylinder is located behind the clutch pedal.
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