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Old 02-18-2009, 02:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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95 M3 Clutch Issues

I own a 95 m3 and unfortunately I wasn't able to store it indoors for the winter months here in Pittsburgh. It sat for approximately 5 weeks and I went to fire it up the other day. The battery was dead so I was able to jump it and let it idle for about 30 min.

Before starting it, I stepped on the clutch and it dropped to the backstop with no resistance. I fired it up with the shifter in neutral and even after letting it warm up, the same thing happens. After it hits the floor, I have to pull it back to resting position and it will stay there, but if there is any pressure on it from my foot, it just drops and on and on.

I spoke to a mechanic and he said that possibly the clutch slave cylinder is empty of fluid. I was wondering if anyone else has ever encountered this problem and what the possible causes may be. If it is the lack of fluid in the slave cylinder, where is the reservoir, and what type of fluid should be used?

I looked under the car and because my driveway was icy, it was hard to tell if there had been a leak. Can anyone advise?
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sounds like the fluid drained out... check your brake fluid level(I believe it uses the same container and use brake fluidthen find where it is leaking!
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I've never had this problem with my 95 M but My eclipse has a hell of a time holding clutch fluid in the winter time. Its fine when the weather is warm but not when it is cold. I'd almost say that is your problem for sure. Get a manual(haynes,chilton) what have you. It will save you time and headache. And I believe apline is right I think it is just regular brake fluid, thats what i use in the clipser. I've never had the problem with my M so i can't give you further instructions there. good luck..
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