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Old 05-13-2012, 04:16 PM   #12501
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I haven't done any research as to the diameter of our clutch master cylinder reservoir, but does anyone know of one of the pump up bulb type self bleeders for our clutch master?
I tried doing this by drilling a hole in the top of the clutch reservoir cap, threading a hose barb into it, and pressurizing it with the compressor. Didn't seem to accomplish much- I still had to pump the pedal while cracking the bleeder screw to really get it firmed up.

Granted, this was the first time I'd tried pressure-bleeding, but it doesn't seem like there are that many ways I could have screwed it up.
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I just remembered using these little pumps that look like a blood pressure pump bulb on a hose, attached to a rubber cap that snaps onto the reservoir. Close the valve on the pump and build the pressure, crack open the bleeder screw and watch it flow out. I'd much rather use that type than the junk pumps I have used in the past that attach at the slave cylinder, which for me never work well. Air always gets past the bleeder screw/valve and I accomplish nothing, like you, still having to use the pedal to pump.
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ill have to harass them at the end of the day to get a photo... im just playing turbocharged 6 cylinder chauffeur for 4 crazed women for their girly day/night.

As for bleeding the clutch system, I have never come a crossed anything that worked better than pumping the pedal and keeping the pressure with my floorjack's lever bar in between my pedal and seat.

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Yeah, pedal method is the best I'm sure. I guess I need to hurry up and have kids, so I can have a pedal pump assistant.
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Yeah, pedal method is the best I'm sure. I guess I need to hurry up and have kids, so I can have a pedal pump assistant.
lol didnt realized i spelt the wrong pedal... dyslexic moment.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:13 PM   #12506
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I have a confession to make: I let some mexican change out my supra's clutch as a favor to me that he owed...
tell me more about this mexican. was he illegal? did he hablo ingles? any above average moisture levels on the posterior of his torso?

was he wearing a shirt that said "make sure you tell them i was a mexican if you have any problems!"?
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tell me more about this mexican. was he illegal? did he hablo ingles? any above average moisture levels on the posterior of his torso?

was he wearing a shirt that said "make sure you tell them i was a mexican if you have any problems!"?
I am spaniard, therefore I know that Mr. Quientinilla has a green card, drinks corona, and borrows my ---- all the time, also does automotive work on the side in the comfort of his car part riddled back yard and garage.
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tell me more about this mexican. was he illegal? did he hablo ingles? any above average moisture levels on the posterior of his torso?

was he wearing a shirt that said "make sure you tell them i was a mexican if you have any problems!"?
My favorite Craigslist missed connection story of all time is about "that shirtless Mexican guy in the bathroom [at Home Depot]" and I'm not joking.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:09 PM   #12509
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My favorite Craigslist missed connection story of all time is about "that shirtless Mexican guy in the bathroom [at Home Depot]" and I'm not joking.
that's pretty funny, but that could have been ANYONE.

also, mexican in your story is totally relevant to the story.
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I think I'm going crazy.

Saturday morning I decided to check the fluid levels on all our vehicles as I hadn't done so in a while. Sentra checked out fine other than a bit low on oil (I know it burns a little). Frontier needed some brake fluid, oil level was pretty much fine but as I had a dollop left in the quart I figured I'd top it off, and I reached for the oil filler cap just to dump the rest in...and the cap was loose.

Weird.

Dumped the oil in, put the cap back on, start screwing it down...except it won't screw down. Feels like the the threads won't catch. Pull it off, check the threads...they aren't stripped or mangled or anything. Try it again. If I turn it very, very carefully, I feel the slightest amount of tension but turning it at all past this point just pops it loose again.

So, I'm confounded at this point. I know that I've changed the oil before and would certainly have noticed if the filler cap didn't screw down. All I can think is that maybe the last time the truck was in the shop, they removed the filler cap and replaced it with the wrong one. But how could they possibly fail to notice that it didn't screw down? I'm not talking about a minimum-wage Jiffy Lube here, I took the truck to a reliable, full-service shop that I've used before with no complaints.

So, I jump in the Sentra and drive up to O'Reilly's, and ask for an oil filler cap for a 2000 Nissan Frontier V6. The guy at the counter asked, "supercharger or no?"...I almost asked him if the supercharger oil cap would improve my performance, but I just said "no" and waited while he looked it up. He said they had one in stock and produced it a few minutes later.

I took it home, popped the hood on the Frontier, and screwed it down. Well, I tried. It wouldn't catch at all. Comparing it to the original cap, the threads are the same size, but it's shorter so it doesn't even reach the threads in the filler hole at all.

WTF.

I don't understand how an undersized filler cap got under my hood.
I don't understand why a replacement cap is also undersized.

I suppose I'll return the new one back to O'Reilly's and then drive over the Advance and see what they've got in stock. Advance is about a mile away so I could drive the truck over, and start test-fitting oil caps until I find one that actually fits tightly.

But seriously.

WTF.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:14 PM   #12511
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Jesus Christ, why have I been putting off the master cylinder for so long. It was $19.99, and took me ------- 5 minutes to replace, fill with fluid and bleed. I'm so used to driving it ghetto style that I forgot how to drive it smoothly with a functioning clutch. It'll take a few days to get used to it again. I can finally keep the car in gear for brief stops and not have to double or triple pump to build enough pressure to jam it in gear to take off, like i have for the last year or more.
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Took a drive through the hocking hill in the rain today with some friends in the local miata club. one of the few parts that was straight enough to snap a picture, sorry for the iphone pics.
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:53 PM   #12513
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Jesus Christ, why have I been putting off the master cylinder for so long. It was $19.99, and took me ------- 5 minutes to replace, fill with fluid and bleed. I'm so used to driving it ghetto style that I forgot how to drive it smoothly with a functioning clutch. It'll take a few days to get used to it again. I can finally keep the car in gear for brief stops and not have to double or triple pump to build enough pressure to jam it in gear to take off, like i have for the last year or more.
You forgot the lifetime warranty part too.

Why the hell did it take you that long to change the master cyl? The only remotely annoying/hard part is the "get under the dash" part, the rest is lololeasy.
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You forgot the lifetime warranty part too.

Why the hell did it take you that long to change the master cyl? The only remotely annoying/hard part is the "get under the dash" part, the rest is lololeasy.
5 minutes is a long time to replace a master cylinder and bleed the fluid? Damn, I should have tried harder... And why are you under the dash?
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5 minutes is a long time to replace a master cylinder and bleed the fluid?
I meant the year wait.

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Damn, I should have tried harder... And why are you under the dash?
Why the hell wouldn't you adjust the pedal with new hydraulics?
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Why the hell wouldn't you adjust the pedal with new hydraulics?
Because the new hydraulics have precisely the same dimensions as the old.
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Because the new hydraulics have precisely the same dimensions as the old.
Huh. I have always adjusted the pedal regardless, maybe that's a step I can skip.
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So,m when and how exactly did the Mystic get aboard the Dallas? One minute Dallas is at periscope depth having made initial contact with Cpt. Ramius, and then 20 hours later near the Laurentian Abyss, they magically have a DSRV sitting atop as soon as the Reuben James shows up.
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I meant the year wait.



Why the hell wouldn't you adjust the pedal with new hydraulics?
Ah, gotcha. I don't know. I think I was thinking the master cylinder was more like $50, and it wasn't that bad, I got used to the soft, fading pedal.

Because I'm lazy, that's why. I will though, eventually. It doesn't feel like it needs much though, the slack/free play is about where it should be, maybe a tiny bit excessive. I have touched the pedal adjuster about zero times since I've owned the car, or any car.

And yes Joe is right. Except this one doesn't have precisely the same dimensions. Nothing very precise with a $19 part. The flange looks to be about 1/4" thicker than the one that was on it, which I assume was the OE. Not sure if they compensated for that elsewhere in the design, but the free play at the top of the pedal does feel a bit more excessive than it used to. Could just be my imagination though. Either way, it's not major, and I will get to it when I get to it. Maybe when I pull the dash for fatmat and carpet, since it will be right there.
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Anyone ever bought a used a/c compressor? I'm a bit nervous about buying one used, since from what I know, rust or corrosion inside can really ruin one. A lot of the used ones I see look like they have been sitting a while, most of them with open ports, not plugged.
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