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    clutch problems

    ok i have a 2002 honda crv ex 5speed manual i just had clutch problems went to take off from a light and the clutch stuck to the floor found out it was the clutch master cyl so i replaced it clutch works fine now , but heres my problem i'm haveing trouble putting it into first i have to push the clutch in a few times then it'll slide right in or if i'm rolling to a stop it won't go from third into second and i have to do the same push the clutch in a few times an then it'll go could it be the slave cyl ? or something else i forgot to mention i bleed the clutch several times thinkin it was air bound but thats not it if anyone knows what it could be please let me know thanks .

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    If your clutch needs a couple "pumps" to work then yes, it sounds as if you may still have air in the system. Sometimes it is difficult to get all the air out when replacing a cylinder.


    Here's an easy first trick I learned many years ago:

    Prop your clutch pedal down overnight. This will serve to allow air bubbles to "naturally" rise to the reservoir.

    Use a stick or something to hold the pedal down (brace it against the front seat frame).


    If you still have problems the master cylinder may still have an air pocket.

    First, try bleeding again. At least once, use a rapid press of the pedal to drive air past any high points in the system. Then a couple of slow pumps (count to ten while your helper slooowly depresses the pedal) to rid the system of small bubbles.

    If you can see a high curve in the hydraulic line where air could collect, tap it lightly with a screwdriver handle while you bleed...again, this will break up any air bubbles.

    If THAT fails, you may have to unbolt the master cylinder from it's mounts (just the mounts, not the hydraulic line), and bleed it while it is tilted one way or another. (The air may have collected in a high point inside the cylinder.)

    PM me with any questions. It's a lot to type!
    Atwell "Buff" Haines
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