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Old 09-21-2020, 10:11 AM   #1
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Default 2004 Saturn Ion clutch diagnosis... Help Please...

About a month ago my clutch wouldnít engage until the pedal was nearly compressed to the floor. Itís to the point now that it wonít even engage the clutch to allow the transmission to shift. There is plenty of fluid in the reservoir, so I pulled the bleeder hose just to make sure fluid is making it to the slave cylinder... and nothing. Canít get a drop out of it and now my pedal is obviously limp. Do I need to try and vacuum pump the system? Or did I finally lose my master or slave cylinder? I had a transmission guy tell me itís for sure the slave cylinder and itíd be $1300 to fix... ouch. I really donít want to drop that kind of money, the car has 206k miles on it, so plenty of life left. Any help and second opinions on what my options are would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks yíall.
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Default Re: 2004 Saturn Ion clutch diagnosis... Help Please...

Based on your full reservoir, sounds like there's no external leakage.
So either the fluid is bypassing in the master cylinder (not creating pressure) or bypassing in the slave cylinder and not pushing on the clutch fingers.

Here's some YouTube info:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJQO82P5264



The 1300 bucks is mostly labor since the trans has to come out. The slave cylinder is concentric on the transmission input shaft.
And typically if you do that, replace the clutch disk, pressure plate, and slave cylinder. Not sure how much your car is worth but that's why a lot of them go to the junkyard.
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Default Re: 2004 Saturn Ion clutch diagnosis... Help Please...

Thanks Bill. Iíll refer to that YouTube video and see what I can find out.
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