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Clutch Fluid Replacement
What You Need to Know Before Replacing Your Clutch FluidIf your car needs its clutch fluid replaced, we’re here to help guide you through the process of choosing a mechanic to perform this service and get your car back up to its high functioning prime! Prieto Automotive prides itself on making automotive work a fast and easy process; read on to learn how to replace clutch fluid and save yourself some money while you’re at it!
What is Clutch Fluid?
Clutch fluid is not actually a real automotive term. Rather, it refers to the brake fluid kept in the clutch master cylinder. This fluid moves from the master cylinder to the slave cylinder when the clutch pedal is depressed, and the pressure of the fluid is used to engage the clutch, allowing you to change gears. Once the clutch pedal is released, the gear shifts and the fluid moves back to the clutch master cylinder.
In summary, clutch fluid replacement is simply another way of saying “brake fluid replacement.” Clutch fluid doesn’t exist, but brake fluid does! It’s just often called clutch fluid because it’s stored in the clutch master cylinder.
When do I need to replace my Clutch Fluid?
If your clutch fluid has become contaminated or a clutch component has been replaced and the fluid leaked out, your clutch fluid will need repairing. We recommend asking your mechanic to inspect your entire clutch system during any check-up or servicing to ensure that your clutch/brake fluid is not leaking or contaminated. Left unchecked, your car may fail to shift gears, making driving nearly impossible and degrading the gear shift on your vehicle.
What happens during a Clutch Fluid Replacement Service?
Your mechanic will first inspect the condition of your clutch fluid, to check if it’s contaminated. Next, they will inspect the clutch hydraulic system for leaks, making sure that they identify all leaks in order to repair them. They will then repair any leaks and fill the clutch master cylinder with clutch fluid. Now, you’re good to go with a freshly fixed-up clutch hydraulic system!
How much does a Clutch Fluid repair cost?
In an auto shop, this service can range from $130 to $145. This price depends on the type of car you drive, how much the parts cost and the cost of labor. The newer and more expensive the car, the higher the price of parts. Makes sense, right?
Labor will often cost a similar amount for any vehicle of a typical size, varying based on tax and the auto shop you choose. Overall, this service shouldn’t be too expensive if the problem is easily identifiable and the parts are reasonably priced!
How important is this service?
Without a properly functioning clutch hydraulic system, your car may struggle to change gears. This is due to a lack of pressure in the master cylinder which prevents the engagement of the clutch, which in turn prevents your gear shift from shifting. However, if the brake fluid is contaminated, this can cause direct damage to your clutch hydraulic system and both the master and slave cylinders.
In short, it’s very important to get your clutch fluid system inspected whenever your car is in the shop! You can schedule a check-up or servicing at Prieto Automotive via our website, or you can give us a call as the first step toward taking good care of your car! We’re here for you whenever you need us – just ping us with any questions or concerns.