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Old 09-17-2009, 11:37 AM   #1
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Dazed '97 SL2 Clutch problems (go figure)

I've been going through the archives, I'm sure I'm having a similar problem as many of you lucky saturn owners have... Anyways my SL2 clutch has been giving me issues for about a year, you know the hard going into gear business, blah blah. In heavy city traffic, it was to the point where I had to shut the car off to get it into first. For the most part my driving was not city, so I dealt with it.

I was at a junkyard the other day with a buddy of mine, and I said what the heck I'll grab a new hydraulic system, as I thought I had air in my old one from a previous engine rebuild. Went home, put it in, and had no pedal at all. put my original system back in, no pedal. I stuck a broom handle through the fender to where the clutch fork is, and I cannot push on the clutch fork.

What is the likely cause of that? Did the clutch fork fall off the release bearing or maybe the fulcrum point opposite the release bearing?

Biggest question, will I be able to rectify this through the slave cylinder hole, or is this a 'separate the engine/trans' job?

Im sure Im not the first this has happened to... Thanks for the insight guys.
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:58 AM   #2
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i dont think you are strong enough to do that with a broom handle.

put the new hydrolic system back in the car, before putting the slave cylinder in the trans, by hand push the plunger in the slave a couple dozen times or even more and see if that helps.

more or less that will bleed air out that got in to the slave if it got turned upside down. ihave done this and it seemed to work pretty well
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:09 PM   #3
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Default Re: '97 SL2 Clutch problems (go figure)

I'm pretty sure a properly functioning clutch system could be actuated by a 180lb guy leaning into it...

When I had the system apart yesterday, I did the reverse bleed trick, and the slave actuates firmly as the pedal is pressed.
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:22 PM   #4
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silly question, are the shift cables binding... mine hated going into first they finally broke- replace them and shifts like a dream..common with older s series
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:01 PM   #5
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I suppose I may have had a shift cable problem before, which i couldve misdiagnosed as a bad hydraulic system. Either way, now I've got some sort of problem in the bellhousing, I think.
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Still on this topic.. Does anyone know if the shift cables are compatible with a 3rd gen, to a 2nd gen?

I'm gonna get some newer cables from a car a the wrecking yard, and obviously was gonna look for a 3rd gen with less miles.

For example, there is an '02 SC1 at my local yard, 5 speed.. will those cables fit my '96 SL2? Anybody know?
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Still on this topic.. Does anyone know if the shift cables are compatible with a 3rd gen, to a 2nd gen?

I'm gonna get some newer cables from a car a the wrecking yard, and obviously was gonna look for a 3rd gen with less miles.

For example, there is an '02 SC1 at my local yard, 5 speed.. will those cables fit my '96 SL2? Anybody know?
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