So you've bought the luxury car of your dreams, and everything has been going smoothly for a few years. The car has been everything you have been expecting and more. Then suddenly, there's a problem with your clutch slave cylinder and you don't know what to do about it. Let's take a look at the clutch slave cylinder, what it does, and where to go for help.
This is a problem that can occur with high-performance automobiles that utilize manual transmissions. Some may not even know what a clutch slave cylinder does. No matter how obscure the part may seem to a layman, it is important to learn about your car if you want to maintain your high-performance import car. Oftentimes, luxury automobiles will need extra care and attention, but if you put in the proper time and effort, it will last you for many years.
We will walk you through the function and use of a clutch slave cylinder and what to look out for if it starts to malfunction.
What does a clutch slave cylinder do?
The clutch slave cylinder works with a few other parts in order to control the clutch of a manual transmission car when it is changing gears. The function of the clutch slave cylinder is to shift gears when brake fluid is fed to it from the clutch master cylinder. When the clutch is pressed, the clutch slave cylinder is depressed by the master cylinder. A rod then extends outward that pushes against a lever to disengage the clutch. This ensures that you will be able to switch gears seamlessly when driving.
Clutch slave cylinders possess sealing components that contain the liquid and direct it to where it needs to go. These specific parts are the usual culprits that contribute to the failure of the clutch slave cylinder. Since they are made of rubber, they are prone to rupturing and cracking over time, leading to leaks on the floor or the engine bay.
Symptoms of a Failing Clutch Slave Cylinder
Fortunately, there are a number of visible symptoms that will help you diagnose a possible failing clutch slave cylinder. One sign that your clutch slave cylinder is giving out on you is having a sudden difficulty in shifting gears. After all, this is the cylinder's primary job. So, if it starts to fail, this will probably be the first thing that you notice.
You may also notice brake fluid leaking from the clutch. The seals that were mentioned earlier are prone to weathering and may eventually springing a leak. Without the proper amount of brake fluid, the clutch will not be able to operate normally. Also, when you compress the clutch pedal, it may go far beyond the normal capacity and may even reach the floor. Obviously, these types of problems with your clutch will lead to a severe accident if the problem is left untreated. The next step will likely be to take your car to the mechanic for a clutch replacement.
What should you do if your clutch slave cylinder fails?
There are preventative measures that you can take to ensure that your clutch slave cylinder has a less likely chance of failing. Bringing your car in for regular checkups will go a long way in preserving the longevity of your car's lifespan. Mechanics will check every part and system of your luxury car and will certainly notice if anything is askew with your clutch system. Keeping up with routine maintenance will make small repairs affordable, rather than large expenses to rebuild a failing system.
If the problems with your clutch system have progressed too far, you need to find a mechanic experienced in replacing clutch systems in imported European automobiles. If you live in the San Jose, CA area, Fast Lane European is the garage for you. We have been serving customers in the area for the past two decades. We will quickly and easily replace your failing clutch slave cylinder with OEM parts and a friendly smile. You can get OEM parts from any dealership, but you will likely pay a higher price than our rates. Fast Lane European offers a full spectrum service of experience, friendliness, and affordability.