Signs & Symptoms of a Bad Clutch Master Cylinder

Written by marjorie gilbert
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If the clutch is an important part of your car, then the clutch master cylinder is the most important part of the clutch, providing the required hydraulic pressure. If the master cylinder does not work, then the vehicle will not be safe or not even operate properly. Knowing when the clutch master cylinder is not working allows you to replace it well before your vehicle becomes too dangerous to operate.

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Pedal Sticks to the Floor

When you depress the pedal to switch gears, the pedal should automatically return to the upright position after you take your foot from it. When this does not happen, this is an indication that the clutch master cylinder needs to be replaced, for the necessary pressure is not being created, meaning you will not be able to shift your gears.

Excessive Leaking

Another sign that the clutch master cylinder needs to be replaced is excessive leaking of clutch fluid. Check the fluid reserve first. If the fluid level is low, check the clutch line and the master clutch cylinder. If you can see that there is a leak in the line, then the line is the culprit for the leak. However, if you see that the bottom of the master clutch cylinder is wet and feels oily, then you know that the leak originates there. Since the master clutch cylinder seal is no longer good, it will not be able to generate or maintain the hydraulic pressure the system needs to work properly.

Unable to Put Vehicle into Gear

Perhaps your clutch pedal seems to work well, but the vehicle does not go into gear. This can be a sign that your master clutch cylinder needs to be replaced.

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