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95 s10 2.2 62k miles tried to downshift clutch did not

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95 s10 2.2 62k miles tried to downshift clutch did not reengage no funny noises coasted to shoulder wrecker took it home next day clutch working like it should Hydraulic lock HOW
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

it is possible for the fluid to have dampness[water] in the system

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

and wen it got hot,,the water steamed causing a vapor lock..

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

it would be a good idea to flush the system with new dot fluid

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

that is why it started back working after it cooled

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I teach hydraulics and your explanation is not plausible , even if the fluid had absorbed moisture the ensuing steam would come back through the master cylinder check valve and NOT hold the clutch out
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.


yes it is possible..the water trapped between the fluid can get hot and vaporize then separate the fluid..same concept as a vapor lock

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I understand vapor lock but where would the heat be generated from in a clutch line, and vapor certainly wouldn't hold the clutch disengaged vapor is by its very nature is compressible and the clutch springs would force the vapor(gas) back into the master cylinder
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

New expert here

when this happened you pushed down on the clutch pedal and did the clutch disengage off the flywheel and stay disengaged when you then left off the clutch pedal or it would not disengage when you pushed on the clutch pedal ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
as I said the clutch did not reengage it was held open until time passed, and now works as it should, although this sounds like a hydraulic lock I can not believe the check valve in the master cylinder would fail closed and then heal itself
Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

i agree with you

if the clutch did not reengage on the flywheel when your foot was left off of the clutch pedal then the slave or the master is usually the issue unless there is a throw out being issue or pressure plate as if the bearing is sticking on the input shaft it can keep the disc off the flywheel

if this is operating fine now after the tow home then i would change the slave cylinder and the brake fluid in the clutch system and see if it acts up again if it dopes and the throw out bearing is not binding at all then replace the clutch master

there is no check valve in these master cylinders

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't know what happened to my response ,it disappeared . I am looking for an explanation, not to just replace components the check valve I referred to is actually a foot valve that closes the fluid from the reservoir when the slave is pressurized there is no evidence of contaminants in the reservoir and inserting a hot iron into the fluid produced no steam so hygroscopic moisture is ruled out , in your experience can the slave cylinder bind mechanically then resume normal behavior?
Expert:  Cary York replied 1 year ago.

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Put a clutch slave and clutch master cyl on it. Bleed it out good. That will fix it or prevent the intermittent problem from happening again.