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Clutch Master Cylinder Replacement

If you drive a manual transmission car, you’ll know how tiring it is to drive in stop/start traffic. As a result car makers instal a clutch master and slave cylinder to help you depress the clutch quicker and easier. 

What is a clutch master cylinder?

A clutch master cylinder is connected to the clutch pedal via a rod. When you depress the clutch pedal it forces hydraulic fluid through into the slave cylinders. This in turn increases the pressure that is being applied and reduces the amount of effort it takes to engage the clutch. 

Why do you need a clutch master cylinder?

Without the clutch master cylinder, your clutch pedal would be extremely heavy and difficult to engage. The clutch master cylinder makes it easy to use the clutch pedal.

How to tell if you need a new clutch master cylinder

If the clutch becomes very heavy then the master cylinder might not be working as it should. If you can feel the clutch varying in pressure while pressing the clutch in then it may mean the master or slave is leaking fluid and letting air in.

What’s involved in getting a clutch master cylinder replaced?

The mechanic will firstly lift the bonnet and disconnect the clutch fluid lines from the master cylinder. They will then disconnect the rod from the master cylinder and disconnect the master cylinder from the engine bay. The new clutch master cylinder will be connected in its place and the lines and cables will be connected to the pedal. The system will be checked and tested.

How much does a clutch master cylinder cost?

It depends on the car and the ease of access. Most start around $250 to $400 and some can go over $575.

How often do I need a clutch master cylinder replaced?

Most clutch master cylinders shouldn’t fail under 120,000km. The seals are likely to start to break down over time and usage and it isn’t an uncommon repair.

Is a broken clutch master cylinder unsafe?

It will make changing gears harder and can potentially damage your engine and transmission. If the master cylinder needs to be replaced, you can save yourself some money and get it done quickly and easily. 

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