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Hi everybody,

My Alfa has a clutch liquid fluid leak and it ran out of fluid so now the clutch pedal is to to floor without any resistance and won't allow me to shift into any gear. I filled it up and tried pumping the pedal but it doesn't seem to work. I also tried bleeding it by the clutch cylinder but only air comes out, no fluid seems to flow. Is there any other way to bleed it? What should I do?

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Sounds like your clutch master and/or slave cylinder went out. Since this is a closed system, any external fluid leak is a sign of a problem. You could alway check your flex hose to the master as a problem. All of the above can be changed in few hours and it does not cost a whole lot of money. If you can tell us where the external leak is, it would help pin point the problem. When this happened on my S, I went ahead and replaced everything. With 137k on the clock, they had served their useful life. Good Luck.
 

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I would agree with Andrew. You really should replace the whole system: clutch master, slave, and flexible hose bypassing the damper if applicable.
 

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Yes, my mechanic thinks it's the cluthc pump but the leak is in the slave cylinder. Where can I get these parts? I'm in LA..???

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I bought my replacement parts and the new supply hose from Vick AutoSports. Any of the usual Alfa parts suppliers should have what you need in stock.
 

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Last night after a lot of stop and go traffic when things were hot, it wouldn't shift and the clutch pedal wouldn't return. It was very stiff to pull it back up. After it cooled off and the drive home, with less traffic and the cooler night air it was fine. The slave cylinder was replaced 8 months ago, so I guess I should think about doing the master cylinder and hose.
 

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I would also check the rubber hose to the slave. You are right it is most likely the master, but if it does matter the flex hose is also a suspect.
 

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It's been my experience that when the pedal goes to the floor and clutch fluid isn't spritzing in large volume from the slave or a broken hose, that it is the master cylinder that is at fault. It is _possible_ for the slave cylinder seal to be worn out so that the fluid simply leaks around the seal, but that fluid never returns to the reservoir. When you pull the pedal back up to reload the master from the reservoir, next push the new fluid goes into the slave, around the seal, and displaces the old fluid out of the boot and onto the tranny. Only in the master is there a path for fluid to leak around the seal and remain available to the reservoir.

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Yes, my mechanic thinks it's the cluthc pump but the leak is in the slave cylinder. Where can I get these parts? I'm in LA..???

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Give me a call, I can supply all the parts you need, located in AZ.
Sounds like the clutch Master.

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Jason
 
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