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Old 01 Apr 2004, 04:27 pm
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In article <k1nac.40406$JO3.30905@attbi_s04>, xpditor@comcast.net says...
>I would change it as I would the brake fluid after that many years/miles.
>It is brake fluid, by the way. Probably DOT 3.
>There should be a bleed valve just like the brakes have. It should be right
>next to where the hydralic line enters the bell housing for the clutch
>activation. But, I've never done a front wheel drive car so I am guessing.
>It's easier for two people to purge the old fluid. There are techniques for
>one person to do it which involves tubing and a soda bottle but that's a
>little tricky if you haven't done it before. Let me know if you want to try
>and I'll get into the details.
>BTW, the dark color is probably caused by a mixture of moisture and algae.
>There is actually an organism that can live in that stuff. Yuck!
>Also, as your clutch plates wear down, the fluid level drops as it takes up
>the slack. Keep it full or you will get a surprise one day in traffic when
>you step on the clutch pedal and it doesn't disengage from the engine. Been
>there and done that.


I suggest getting a turkey baster and then sucking out as much of the fluid
from reservoir. Then wipe down the reservoir with a clean paper towel and
re-fill the reservior with fresh fluid. That way when you bleed the system
you are not pushing all the dirt from the reservoir through the entire
system. You should change out fluid every two years or so.
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Old 01 Apr 2004, 06:59 pm
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Default Re: integra clutch fluid?

I agree. Just be careful of spillage from the turkey baster. If you leak
some on the paint, it can hurt it.

In any event, keep pushing the new fluid through until it comes out clear.
One can should be enough. The line doesn't hold much. There is a cylinder
at the clutch end similar to a brake cylinder in function. It doesn't hold
much either.

"Alex Rodriguez" <adr5@columbia.edu> wrote in message
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> In article <k1nac.40406$JO3.30905@attbi_s04>, xpditor@comcast.net says...
> >I would change it as I would the brake fluid after that many years/miles.
> >It is brake fluid, by the way. Probably DOT 3.
> >There should be a bleed valve just like the brakes have. It should be

right
> >next to where the hydralic line enters the bell housing for the clutch
> >activation. But, I've never done a front wheel drive car so I am

guessing.
> >It's easier for two people to purge the old fluid. There are techniques

for
> >one person to do it which involves tubing and a soda bottle but that's a
> >little tricky if you haven't done it before. Let me know if you want to

try
> >and I'll get into the details.
> >BTW, the dark color is probably caused by a mixture of moisture and

algae.
> >There is actually an organism that can live in that stuff. Yuck!
> >Also, as your clutch plates wear down, the fluid level drops as it takes

up
> >the slack. Keep it full or you will get a surprise one day in traffic

when
> >you step on the clutch pedal and it doesn't disengage from the engine.

Been
> >there and done that.

>
> I suggest getting a turkey baster and then sucking out as much of the

fluid
> from reservoir. Then wipe down the reservoir with a clean paper towel and
> re-fill the reservior with fresh fluid. That way when you bleed the

system
> you are not pushing all the dirt from the reservoir through the entire
> system. You should change out fluid every two years or so.
> -------------
> Alex
>



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