How To Check the Fluid for a Hydraulic Clutch in Your Car

Human beings need adequate fluids to be able to perform, and so does a car. There are actually many systems in your car that need fluid, namely: engine, battery, transmission, brakes, radiator, cooling/air conditioning, and window wipers. Of course, we will be focusing on how you actually check your car's supply of fluid in the hydraulic clutch. There really isn't a fluid that you can classify specifically for a hydraulic clutch. Of course, you should always check your car manual to know what specific fluid your hydraulic clutch would need. Most likely, you will just use motor oil, transmission fluid, or simply, brake fluid.

  1. Cool down your car first. Make sure that your car is parked in a flat and level area to ensure accuracy of determining the level of the clutch fluid.
  2. Open the hood of your car and find the master cylinder. This is usually behind your car's engine. It's a plastic container, usually smaller than that of a brake fluid reservoir. Open the component's cover.
  3. Determine the level of the existing hydraulic clutch fluid. It should reach at least the top level of the container. If it is not full, then add the specified fluid for the hydraulic clutch.
  4. Replace the cap after refilling. Make sure that there are no residues; wipe it off with a clean cloth as the fluid can harm your car paint.
  5. Check the functionality of your clutch pedal. If it is still not working properly, then check for leaks on the container.

In some cars, you won't see the master cylinder underneath the hood, but underneath the car itself. Of course checking it yourself requires a little bit of dirty work, as you have to lie under your car. To be able to locate it and check the level of the clutch fluid, here's how you can do it:

  1. Locate the fill plug. This is usually located directly below the clutch pedal.
  2. Remove the plug. Once located, just remove the fill plug. Don't be scared of it leaking directly on you, as the container will be tilted.
  3. Thrust your finger in. If there is no fluid that comes into contact with your finger, then you will have to refill it.

If you're uncomfortable with checking and refilling the fluid for your hydraulic clutch, you can always have your friendly local mechanic check it for you, especially when having your oil changed. Regular check ups ensure a prolonged life and better performance for your car.


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