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    Hydraulic clutch bleeding

    Just dropped tranny to replace pilot bearing. All went well but clutch does not work. Car does not want to shift. I think I need to bleed the hydraulic clutch. Any one know if this will solve the problem and how much bleeding will be enough? Any help or suggestions will be appreciated.

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    There is info on bleeding in this sticky:
    Sticking clutch pedal write-up

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    I recommend using a vacuum pump. Just stick the tube in the bottom of the reservior and pump up the vacuum. Literally takes me 10 minutes to purge the system of air. There are some decent write ups. Just google ls1 clutch vacuum bleed.

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    Thanks for the advice, I'll give it a try tomorrow.

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    yeah I tried manually bleeding the clutch system after a clutch swap... however, after a long time of doing the conventional bleed with hardly any pressure... vacuum pump is a one man job and only takes a few minutes. However, is this your problem with your clutch... If you did not take the slave or master cylinder out then you should not have much air in the system. Try vacuum pumping if that doesnt work.. then something else was wrong with the install. If the car started then the clutch had enough pressure to engage the clutch.

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    Bleeding hydraulic clutch

    Hi Guys. Thanks for your feedback on bleeding the clutch on my 98 z28 Camaro. Problem was I did not bolt down the clutch plate. Had to pay a mechanic to fix. Guess this was an expensive learning experience!

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