Installing a Hydraulic Clutch

Clutch, brake, and gas pedals
  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 75-200
What You'll Need
Master cylinder
Slave cylinder
Coupling Nut
Rod End
Brake Line

When installing a hydraulic clutch there are several things you should keep in mind. These types of clutches can be difficult to install yourself if you are unfamiliar with how they work. Make sure you are able to understand the inner workings of a clutch before you attempt to install one yourself. Doing this will help you to save a lot of time and money.

Step 1 - Prepare for Clutch Removal

You will be able to remove the old clutch by either removing the pedal assembly or going underneath your dash and taking the clutch rod from the actual pedal. The latter is recommended. In order to do this, you will need to remove your steering column so it will be easier to move around. First remove the steering wheel then take off the column cover as well as the mount on your firewall. Make sure to get all of the wiring disconnected as well.

You will need to get the column unbolted from the actual dash. Once you have done that, take off two of the bolts that hold the column together. Once you have done this, remove the column completely from the dash.

Step 2 - Pedal Assembly Removal

boots on clutch and brake pedals

The brake master cylinder needs to be taken off as well as the plunger rod. You will be able to leave all of the lines connected. Make sure the master cylinder is out of the way once it has been removed. There will be several bolts that need to be removed. They will be what hold the pedal assembly together. There are also two underneath the dash. A cotter pin will be what holds the pedal and the clutch rod together.

Step 3 - Drill

You will need to get a hole drilled into your clutch pedal. You will use this to drill all the way through the pedal.

Step 4 - Installation

Mark holes where the clutch master cylinder will need to be mounted. Once you have done this, you will need to mount the brake master cylinder as well as the pedal assembly. When you have the master cylinder properly mounted, adjust where the clutch pedal will go. Put the bolt through the drilled hole and get the nut tightened down onto it. Get the rod end adjusted into the bolt for the pedal.

Step 5 - Slave Cylinder

clutch slave cylinder

Drill a hole into the clutch fork. Get the slave cylinders threaded rod stuck through. Do not tighten yet. The slave cylinder needs to be lined up with your clutch fork. Bend the threaded rod at a ninety degree angle at one end and another ninety degree angle at the other. Mount the rod into the cross member. Lock the cylinder rod and the two nuts together in order to mount the threaded rod and the slave cylinder. From there, run the brake line into the master cylinder and down into your slave cylinder. You will now only need to make adjustments until you feel comfortable with it.