The national average cost for a clutch slave cylinder replacement in 2022 is $157

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What is a clutch slave cylinder and how does it work?

A clutch slave cylinder is a component of a hydraulic clutch system on a vehicle with a manual transmission. The slave cylinder is a small, cylindrical pump that remotely receives fluid pressure from the clutch master cylinder. When you press on the clutch pedal, the master cylinder forces hydraulic fluid through a thin tube to the slave cylinder. The slave cylinder, in turn, applies pressure to the clutch pressure plate to cause it to disengage the transmission from the engine. When you release the pedal, the slave cylinder forces the fluid back to the master cylinder and raises the pedal to its normal position.

How do I know if my vehicle needs a new clutch slave cylinder?

When there is a problem with your clutch slave cylinder, there are a number of symptoms that you might notice. Some of them mimic signs of a bad clutch assembly. That is because the slave cylinder is responsible for actuating the clutch. Therefore, you might need a new slave cylinder if you notice one or more of the following

Low fluid level in clutch master cylinder reservoir

A fluid leak or moisture in the area of the clutch slave cylinder

A spongy feeling when you press the clutch pedal

The clutch becomes unusually difficult (or easy) to press

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How is a Clutch Slave Cylinder Replacement done?

To replace a clutch slave cylinder, a technician must first raise and support your vehicle in the air to access the component. From there, a typical slave cylinder replacement involves the following

  • Removal of the driveshaft(s) and transfer case (if so equipped)
  • Unbolting and removing the transmission assembly from the vehicle
  • Removal of the slave cylinder from the transmission
  • Installation of the new slave cylinder to the transmission
  • Reinstallation of the transmission assembly, transfer case, and other components
  • Refill the hydraulic fluid and bleed the system of air that was trapped during the installation process

OTHER QUESTIONS CUSTOMERS ASK

Should you replace the clutch when replacing the slave cylinder?
Due to the amount of time involved and the need to remove the transmission to replace the slave cylinder, many technicians will recommend replacing the clutch assembly at the same time as the slave cylinder. If the slave cylinder is leaking fluid, it is also possible that it has already ruined the fibrous friction material on the clutch disc. When that is the case, the clutch assembly needs to be replaced.
What's the difference between the clutch master and slave cylinder?
The clutch master cylinder is a fluid pump operated directly by the action of the driver's foot pressing on the clutch pedal. The clutch slave cylinder, on the other hand, receives pressure through a thin tube from the master cylinder. The slave cylinder converts that hydraulic pressure back into mechanical motion to move the clutch pressure plate inside of the transmission and disengage it from the engine.
-Why do clutch slave cylinders fail?
Slave cylinders go bad simply because they have too many miles on them. But they also fail due to excessive heat from overworked or overheated clutches. That can occur as a result of aggressive or improper use of the clutch pedal when driving. Moisture contamination of the clutch hydraulic fluid can also cause internal corrosion of the slave cylinder and lead to fluid leaks.

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