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Old 01-19-2018, 12:46 PM
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(queue the "Big Bang Theory" episode where Penny ignores the check engine light....)
This is most probably a deserved zing, but in my defense, I had been chasing the problem, but was betting on the brakes. Car is street parked and not often driven so hadn't been a priority.

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when you look closely at the first picture I see what looks like a trail of fluid running down the tire...could the connection at the master cylinder be loose and the fluid spraying in the engine bay, then running down the lines?
I think that's just melting snow as its the wrong side of the car from the master cylinder. But it still could be a loose line. I'll be coming back this weekend with the ramps and a jack to see if I can see things better.
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pretty easy repair...most likely the seals on the slave cylinder have failed...hopefully nothing fell off the slave cylinder and is now in the bell housing...but you will be able to tell when you disconnect it. its connected with 2 13mm (I think) bolts...
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pretty easy repair...most likely the seals on the slave cylinder have failed...hopefully nothing fell off the slave cylinder and is now in the bell housing...but you will be able to tell when you disconnect it. its connected with 2 13mm (I think) bolts...
either that or a 10mm. need deep socket and an extension for the top one.

clutch line that attaches to slave is 14mm iirc.

and make sure the new slave goes in with the bleed valve pointing DOWN.
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So after getting the car up on ramps and jack stands, filling the reservoir, pumping the pedal, and watching underneath... the slave cylinder was dry and so was the hydraulic line going to it, even after wiping them down, but still drips coming from the transmission.

To remove the slave cylinder I used an 11mm flare nut wrench to remove the hydraulic line. Then the two nuts holding the slave cylinder on were 13mm. Top one was hard to get to, ended up using a short 13mm socket on a wobble extension, then a knuckle, then a regular extension to get it off. Easy peasy with the right tools... some of which I had to leave the parking lot where my car was stranded to get...

Anyways, looking at the two parts, its pretty easy to notice that the pushrod is missing from the old part. So I'm guessing thats stuck in the bell housing somewhere? I assume I'm going to have to drop the transmission to get this out, right?

And I think its safe to assume I shouldn't just put the new slave cylinder on and plug along forward. Seems like having a metal rod floating around in there would be bad.
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Old 01-27-2018, 09:48 PM
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I would get a magnet first on the end of something flexible and try to fish I out...if you can get the pushrod, anything else shouldn't be a big deal...
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BRB going to buy a new slave cylinder for my 328.
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Or is it possible that the push rod is no longer in there? Are there any openings in the bell housing? Get one of the nifty inspection tools shown on another thread.
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Old 01-28-2018, 07:41 PM
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It is likely in there. I don't think There is a gap big enough for it to drop out. It is likely sitting at the bottom of the bell housing. There is more space in there than I would have imagined. I can't see it getting in the way but anything can happen. Sadly pulling that trans requires taking a lot of crap off.
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Saw this. How did we ever live without google..worth a try with the flexible magnet..


https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...n-Bell-Housing
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There is also a "magnet tip" on those bluetooth "endoscopes" posted here a couple of days ago. That might be a great solution because you can see what you're doing while you try to get it.
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