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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 06-21-2005, 05:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just installed a new clutch slave cylinder into my 85' BMW 535i and now the clutch still wont work. It really hasnt been that long since I installed it but the clutch snaps down when I step on it and then I have to pull it back up with my hand.



Was there something I overlooked?
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Old 06-22-2005, 08:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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did you bleed the system after you installed it?
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Old 06-23-2005, 12:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is common on E30s When I change a clutch slave I always recommend the master is replaced at the same time, you can guarantee that a week after you fit the slave the extra pressure will blow the master. There’s a proper way to bleed a BMW clutch if you don’t know it contact me through this site.
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When you say master cylinder are you talking about the one mounted in the engine compartment or the one behind the clutch pedal itself?
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When you say master cylinder are you talking about the one mounted in the engine compartment or the one behind the clutch pedal itself?
The one attached to the pedal is the master, the one on the transmission is the slave. It is highly recommended that they are replaced as a set because they both wear out at about the same time.
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oh i thought the brake master cylinder and slave cylinder were supposed to be replaced at the same time
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It's a general rule that you do. If one fails, it's not too unreasonable to believe the other isn't far behind.
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Old 02-13-2008, 01:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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you guys are all getting brake master cylinder and clutch master cylinder mixed up. the brake master cylinder has nothing to do with clutch operation other then feeding fluid to it through the brake master cylinder resivoir.
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