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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch fluid

Just got my 1988 Alfa at the beginning of the summer, today the clutch started acting up and grinding and difficult to get in first and reverse. Pressure ,feel of clutch gone soft. I checked the reservoir and it is empty (hoping just a fluid issue) How much fluid should it take to fill it and what fluid would you recommend? doug
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 01:53 PM
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It just uses DOT 4 brake fluid. But you've got a leak somewhere that you need to find and fix: either the master cylinder or the slave.
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Quick test: fill the reservoir, then jiggle the pedal (just a bit in and out) quickly for a while. Depending how low the fluid level has dropped you can usually get the pedal back this way.

Then pump the pedal a while and see where it's dripping. If you didn't see liquid around the MC in the engine bay, however, it's most likely just a bad slave.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2017, 07:42 AM
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I had the same problem years ago with my '88 Milano, and had to rebuild the clutch master cylinder. If you need to do the same, be warned that getting the master out and reinstalling it will be memorable.
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Just wanted to say thank you to the OP and the rest of you on this thread. Saved me from having to tow my 86 Spider 50 miles. Just needed some more fluid, now I can drive it down to the shop to get the leak fixed
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