How to Check Clutch Fluid Levels

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Maintain the life of your car with regular maintenance and tune-ups. Learn how to check the clutch fluid levels with expert auto maintenance tips in this important free car repair video.

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Hi! My name is Nate McCullough. In this clip we are going to talk about one of the steps associated with a major tune-up or vehicle overhaul. The step we are going to talk about is checking of the vehicles clutch fluid. This step may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer but the concept will remain the same. Most clutches are hydraulic and not mechanical and have a fluid that needs checked and maintained on the maintenance interval scheduled by the manufacturer. The clutch fluid level is in the reservoir located right here. You are going to want to remove the cap and read it. Most vehicles will have directions for checking the fluid level on the cap if they are not clearly marked on the side of the reservoir. This vehicle in particular has it marked on the cap. I’ll just read to you what it says. Fill this with Dot 3 brake fluid. This particular vehicle takes brake fluid just the same as clutch fluid and is the same for most makes and models. To avoid any possible contamination refer to your vehicles owner manual or call your local professional mechanic. The step that they are talking about on this particular vehicle is the step inside the clutch cylinder reservoir. This step can be located by placing a screw driver on the side and sliding it down to the step, right there. As you can see, my fluid level is right at the step which indicates there are no leaks in the hydraulic system of the clutch and that we haven’t lost any over time. Go ahead and remove my screwdriver. When placing the cap back on, you are going to want to make sure to not pinch the diaphragm here. This diaphragm is on there to allow air to enter to prevent it from pulling a vacuum against the cap. It allows air to enter without actually coming into contact with the fluid. Set our cap back on like so and screw it into place; there you go. Your clutch reservoir is always going to be located on the driver’s side upper fender well right in this area on all cars sold in the United States. Being that this is where the cylinder is at, it is going to be directly in line with your clutch pedal. If you are in England or another country where they drive on the other side of the vehicle, it is going to be located on the passenger side of the car.

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