While adjusting the clutch pedal height on my '94 Rodeo V6 I noticed
some fluid residue on the clutch actuator rod (shaft??) that goes
through a dust boot on the firewall, leading to the clutch master
cylinder mounted in the engine compartment.
To me, this suggests the master cylinder's seal is shot. Would this
be a most likely scenario? or could there be some other source? (can't
tell for sure if it's brake fluid or something else).
Secondarily... the level of fluid in the reservoir is still spot on
and there is no loss of clutch action. If leaking, I would figure the
clutch to re-engage at red lights when the pedal is pushed in for an
extended period. But this hasn't happened... yet.
Has anyone had to change a clutch master cylinder? is it very hard
(doesn't look too hard on the surface... just accessing the mounting
bolts on the engine side firewall looks difficult).
Any pointers on bleeding the lines after replacement? should the slave
cylinder necessarily be replaced at the same time?
Any advice as to how much I may expect to pay a competent shop to do
Thanks much for any advice...