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Old 09-25-2009, 08:17 PM
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I have had a lot of trouble with my Clutch system. I have already replaced the parts necessary for the factory service bulletin, and I have an ACT Clutch, Flywheel, and Pressure Plate. My clutch has been acting weird again lately, and today I opened up the fluid reservoir to find dark orange fluid, along with a bunch of black and grey sediment at the bottom. I doubt that the sediment is from the nylon in the master cylinder since it was just replaced. I had DOT 3 fluid in the system, and I think it's just burnt. Can anyone confirm this for me? I hope it's burnt, because I can fix it tomorrow if that's the case lol.
 
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Old 09-26-2009, 04:35 PM
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Here are some pictures of what the fluid is looking like.
 
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:36 AM
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looks like the clutch fluid filter i knackered more than anything; i say this cuz the fluid is clear except for the sediment.
 
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Old 09-27-2009, 04:45 AM
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Is there a clutch fluid filter? I know there's a transmission fluid filter... (Automatics only?) Anyway, I'm going to just bleed all the fluid out tomorrow morning, and replace it with some DOT 5 Fluid unless someone instructs me otherwise, since the weekend is over. Hopefully that won't burn...
 
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Old 09-28-2009, 08:56 AM
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DON'T use DOT5 (silicone) fluid. Not good for the seals & stuff.

Use DOT3 or DOT 4. Clutch wouldn't really need the higher boiling point of DOT4.
 
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:22 PM
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i back that up...DOT03/04
 
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:42 PM
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Okay, I'll run back out and grab some DOT4 then haha. Do you guys think it looks burnt though?
 
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Old 09-29-2009, 07:58 AM
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The fluid doesn't generally burn, since it doesn't get that hot. I've noticed that it gets kinda brown with age, I always figured that was from moisture absorption. If it's never been done, the fluid might be 10 years old??

You're changing it anyway, so just flush enough through, so it comes out nice & clean.
 
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I haven't had time to change it yet, but It was changed about 8 months ago haha, which is why I'm a little concerned. If you have any thoughts as to why it would change color so soon, please let me know.
 
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:54 AM
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Yeah, 8 months is pretty fast to get that color. Was the fluid flushed? Or simply fresh fluid poured into the reservoir with old fluid in the lines?
 

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