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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-20-2008, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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I think can think a million things I'd rather do than bleed the McLeod hydraulic clutch (mounted on the front of my top-loader) because I'm terrible at it. In the past, I have tried to use a Mighty-Vac to suck the fluid from the reservoir but haven't had much success (I have a tough time getting air out of the lines). Does anyone have advice on what is the best way to bleed the clutch?
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I assume you're talking about McLeod's hydraulic throw out bearing, right?

I used a Mity Vac to get it most of the way there, but I finished off the final bleeding process with someone manually activating the clutch pedal. It definitely isn't a one person task.

If anyone has any specific tricks, I'd sure like to know.


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From what I've heard and read it's just like bleeding brakes. Fill, open the bleeder, press the pedal and hold for a sec, close bleeder, let site for a few seconds, repeat.

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From what I've heard and read it's just like bleeding brakes. Fill, open the bleeder, press the pedal and hold for a sec, close bleeder, let site for a few seconds, repeat.
That's how I've bleed my McLeod TO bearing. pretty easy.

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Ok....I had a little help at the Army Craft shop and to say that it's a two man job is an understatement. In the past I have tried to use a Mightyvac with very little success. I think my problem was not bleeding the brake cylinder first before I moved on to the t-o bearing.

Regardles of what I have done in the past, the method we used as simple enough...First we bleed the hyrdaulic cylinder, then we bled the t-o bearing. It took about 5 minutes total.

Not sure how the mightyvac could be used for bleeding either one so I will stick to using the vac for bleeding the brakes and pass on using it for bleeding the hyrdo clutch.
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