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Bleed air off the clutch on a 1996 ford f150 5 speed 6 cyl

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where do i bleed air off the clutch on a 1996 ford f150 5 speed 6 cyl
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Eric replied 7 years ago.



There should be a bleed valve just below where the hydraulic line connects to the slave cylinder at the transmission:


Internally Mounted Slave Cylinder


With the quick-disconnect coupling, no air should enter the system when the coupling is disconnected. However, if air should somehow enter the system, it must be bled.

  1. Remove the reservoir cap and diaphragm. Fill the reservoir with DOT 3 brake fluid.
  2. Connect a piece of rubber tubing to the slave cylinder bleed screw. Place the other end in a container.
  3. Loosen the bleed screw. Gravity will force fluid from the master cylinder to flow down to the slave cylinder, forcing air out of the bleed screw. When a steady stream with no bubbles flows out, the system is bled. Close the bleed screw.


Check periodically to make sure the master cylinder reservoir doesn't run dry.

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Fig. Fig. 17: Use a box wrench to bleed the concentric slave cylinder at bleeder valve

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Fig. Fig. 19: Bleeding the concentric slave cylinder


  1. Add fluid to fill the master cylinder reservoir.
  2. Fully depress the clutch pedal. Release it as quickly as possible. Pause for 2 seconds. Repeat this procedure 10 times.
  3. Check the fluid level. Refill it if necessary. It should be kept full.
  4. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 five more times.
  5. Install the diaphragm and cap.


  1. Have an assistant hold the pedal to the floor while you crack the bleed screw (not too far-just far enough to expel any trapped air). Close the bleed screw, then release the pedal.
  2. Check, and if necessary, fill the reservoir
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