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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-17-2006, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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Clutch / brake fluid level

While I was changing my oil this weekend, I was taking some time to check the level of the rest of the fluids.
Everything looked fine, except the shared clutch / brake fluid level. I cant see any fluid up the plastic stalk at all.
Unless the fluid is clear like water, I cant see anything, and theres a little plastic flap, so I can't stick my finger or a meter stick in there to measure it.
Last I checked, clutch and brake fluid is pretty dark and thick... and the plastic stalk is fairly transparent, so I should defenitely be able to see it.

Nothing even near the "Min" line..
On a side note, I get a "clunk" sound when I engage a gear sometimes... like if I go 1-2, into 2 I get a clunk sometimes. Same with 3-2, downshifting.
Its not all the time, so it could just be the syncros meshing differently depending on where the engagement point is... who knows :?

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Re: Clutch / brake fluid level

That reservoir is the worts design ever in the world, if you cannot see it its not normal its hard to read it but its visible.
Don't try to stick anything in the reservoir just go by visual reading, cann't see it add some more

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Re: Clutch / brake fluid level

this is a bit of a bump :shock: but i'm sort of in the same predicament here. Is there a good how to on how to change the fluid out?

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Re: Clutch / brake fluid level

Do you mean add more or flush it?

To add more take top off, top it off, top back on

For flushing, you open each brake line and the clutch line. Do a search for brake bleeding for the exact procedure (it works the same way with the clutch). Start with the passenger side rear, drain the fluid till you have nice fresh fluid coming out. Then bleed the driver's side rear, passenger side front, driver's side front and finally the clutch line.
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Re: Clutch / brake fluid level

Its probably a good time to check the brake pads as well, especiallyif you do a flush. As the pad wears the fluid level will drop.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-01-2011, 04:58 AM
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Re: Clutch / brake fluid level

REVIVE!!! Does anybody know when when to change brake/clutch fluid? Mine has 45k 2008 mzd3.
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Re: Clutch / brake fluid level

it's not a bad idea to do a flush with pad/rotor changes. brake fluid isnt that expensive and the nature of it causes problems if not maintained. specifically absorbing water.

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Re: Clutch / brake fluid level

brake fluid flushes are usually done around 30k mile intervals. As stated before, if the fluid in the master cylinder is low, that means there is either a leak in the system of the brakes are low and need replacement.
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