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Old 16-04-2010, 18:20   #1
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Unhappy Zs 180 clutch slave cylinder probs :(

Does anybody know how to bleed the clutch fluid on a ZS180?

My slave cylinder snaped and the bracket that supports it was cracked and bent a few days ago.
I have now fitted a brand new bracket and a new slave cylinder, but the clutch pedal is stilll soft?
I'm guessing it was full of fluid when I got it as it's a sealed unit?
So maybe it just needs bleeding but I'm not sure how to do this as there is no bleed nipple?
However, if anybody knows of any other reason that the pedal would remain soft after replacing the parts I'd be greatful for some help?


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Old 16-04-2010, 18:31   #2
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Default Re: Zs 180 clutch slave cylinder probs :(

You'll probably find that the bracket gave way first and took the Slave cylinder with it. I think the general opinion is that the master cylinder also needs to be replaced at the same time.
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Old 16-04-2010, 18:45   #3
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Really? I wouldn't have thought It would have got damaged?
I think I'll just have to get it recovered to a garage and let them fix it :P
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Old 16-04-2010, 19:22   #4
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Default Re: Zs 180 clutch slave cylinder probs :(

Yeah there obviously is a process for fitting them new but the manual says it cant be bled. PM shedist on here and get one of his all metal replacement kits, it is much better than OEM and costs less than OEM aswell (hope you didnt buy the slave new!). diy fit and bleeds like a standard clutch.
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Old 17-04-2010, 12:04   #5
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Unhappy Re: Zs 180 clutch slave cylinder probs :(

Yeah I've just been reading about those on here, I should have bought one...
Unfortuntely I paid 111 for the slave new and 50 for the bracket so i'll have to get it fixed as it is (hopefully just needs a master) and when it goes again i'll get the upgrade.
Should have joined this forum earlier!!

Thanks for your help though
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Old 17-04-2010, 12:11   #6
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Yeah I've just been reading about those on here, I should have bought one...
Unfortuntely I paid 111 for the slave new and 50 for the bracket so i'll have to get it fixed as it is (hopefully just needs a master) and when it goes again i'll get the upgrade.
Should have joined this forum earlier!!

Thanks for your help though
Ouch, the sheddist kit might still be cheaper than the master and a garage labour to fit it!
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Old 17-04-2010, 21:19   #7
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Default Re: Zs 180 clutch slave cylinder probs :(

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Does anybody know how to bleed the clutch fluid on a ZS180?

My slave cylinder snaped and the bracket that supports it was cracked and bent a few days ago.
I have now fitted a brand new bracket and a new slave cylinder, but the clutch pedal is stilll soft?
I'm guessing it was full of fluid when I got it as it's a sealed unit?
So maybe it just needs bleeding but I'm not sure how to do this as there is no bleed nipple?
However, if anybody knows of any other reason that the pedal would remain soft after replacing the parts I'd be greatful for some help?



When mine went (also before I'd read about the Sheddist kit! Grrrrrrrrr!) I had the slave replace and bracket fixed.

When I got it back the clutch was very soft and peddle went pretty much to the floor to change gear.

However with use it firmed up and the biting point raised higher. I didn't have to change the master.

Perhaps this might happen with yours?

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Default Re: Zs 180 clutch slave cylinder probs :(

As with brakes there may be some air in the new section, try pumping it a lot to get this to move up to the resevoir.

However if you do decide to replace the master cylinder it will properbly be worth going for the sheddist kit, they are around 150 IIRC for the complete thing and come with very good fitting instructions.

Then stick the almost new slave on eBay to recoupe some of your costs.
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Default Re: Zs 180 clutch slave cylinder probs :(

Our local garage (when they were Rover) used to send "the boy" out to push the clutch pedal up and down as it could take up to an hour's worth of pedal pushes to get the air out!
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You paid 50 for the bracket ? When i bought 2 last year it cost me 18 from a dealers for the pair..
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You paid 50 for the bracket ? When i bought 2 last year it cost me 18 from a dealers for the pair..
Sounds too cheap Glen. Parts dept cock-up?

MGR parts seem to have rocketed in price over the past couple of years.
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Old 26-04-2010, 11:38   #12
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Default Re: Zs 180 clutch slave cylinder probs :(

Dont know if it was a cock up, but im not complaining.

Pult my spare one on a few weeks back when it split and took out my slave cylinder.

A chap near me is currently making me a spare one, with more strength and support to it..
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