Yes, if bleeder on slave is opened fluid does drip out.
But, no, when I installed the Master clutch cylinder, I did not bench bleed it. And I'm guessing that soft clutch after the install was still some remaining air in the master cylinder.
Just, didn't want to take that master out again, that was a pain. But I'm also wondering/asking that because I didn't bench bleed the master, could that remaining air created a kind of lock-up in the master cylinders workings, and all the bleeding I've been trying since just compounded that trapped air?
I should mention I vacuum bled the system. . . . well I suppose I could go in my garage and continue. . . but I have literally bled nearly a quart of brake fluid. Interesting that if I vacuum bleed when the clutch pedal is up, I bleed solid fluid (found that by mistake) but when I vacuum bleed with the pedal depressed (and a few pedal pushes) I get those microscopic air bubbles, not a lot, but really about 2 solid hours of bleeding over the last few days, there are fewer and fewer but i would have thought I would have gotten the pressure I needed by now, considering the master was full of air when installed. Without returning to this endless bleeding procedure would you say: because a few pedal pushes does not create that quick surge of fluid when the slave bleeder is opened like it did on the install is a good indication that the master has failed?
And thanks, XXXXX XXXXX all I will ask. . . just wanted to see if someone had the magic answer that would mean I didnt have to take the master out again. I will give you an excellent rating. Thanks.