I was almost ready to be back on the road, or at least I thought I was. I rebuilt the rear brakes and after bleeding the rear (and front brakes) I decided to try to blead the clutch.
1967, FHC 4.2L engine, LHD
Back story on the clutch. It was professional replaced about 10 years ago and has generally worked fine. Not a lot of miles driven since then. When the car sits for an extended time, the clutch pedal would go “dead”. No resistance or engagement of the actual clutch itself. Pumping the pedal several times would do the trick and everything worked fine.
Fast forward to last night and now this morning.
With my wife working the pedal, we tried bleeding the clutch using the method described in the shop manual. Not a drop of fluid would come out of the bleeder valve on the slave cylinder.
I have now completely removed the bleeder nipple from the slave cylinder attempting the “gravity” technique described in other threads. Not a drop of fluid has escaped.
I watched the Moss Motors video of removing the pin from the actuator arm and tried pushing the slave cylinder piston rod further into the housing. The rod would not go further in and of course, not a drop of fluid to be seen.
Perhaps I made a mistake, but while the actuator arm was disconnected, I used my hand to depress the clutch pedal several times, which extended the piston rod fully out of the slave cylinder. I pushed the piston rod back into the housing by hand. Still no fluid out of the bleeder location.
I was going to disconnect the metal line which feeds fluid to the top of slave cylinder, but honestly can’t figure out how to get to it. The goal was just to confirm fluid is getting down there. I’m pretty sure it is, but am running out of ideas.
I’ve seen where people bleed from the bottom up by using a pressurized system. I can probably do that with some tools I have. Any suggestions on a pressure to use?
Any other ideas on what could be the problem? I’m open to suggestions.