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Bleeding Nissan Hardbody Clutch

Q. Hello! I have a 1987 Nissan 4 cyl. pickup with a 5 speed transmission and 150,000 miles on it. My question is this: Several months ago I let the hydraulic fluid reservoir for the clutch run dry. I have bled the line twice, but after the truck sits overnight or especially over the weekend I have to pump the clutch to get pressure. Do you have any idea what my problem is? Should I continue to bleed the line to see if that helps? I have not found a leak around the engine area.


A. Whenever I open a fluid reservoir and it's empty, the first question that pops into my mind is: "I wonder what my wife is making for dinner tonight?" No wait!!! Sorry honey. I love you.

Actually, the question is; "Where did the fluid go?" In this case the answer is; the clutch slave cylinder. If you go under the truck and pull the rubber boot off the slave cylinder, you'll see where all the fluid is. This is a common problem with this make and model truck, especially if a new clutch was recently put in.

It's really easy to replace, with bleeding it only takes about 30 minutes.

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