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Hey guys, question I've read all the discussions about keeping the clutch fluid clean and in all the photos it always looks like brake fluid I maintain my clutch using the recommended automatic transmission fluid that are SSR manuals dictate. Are there pros and cons. Just one of those things that struck me on today while I was doing it in my fluid is always nice and red
 

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Hey guys, question I've read all the discussions about keeping the clutch fluid clean and in all the photos it always looks like brake fluid I maintain my clutch using the recommended automatic transmission fluid that are SSR manuals dictate. Are there pros and cons. Just one of those things that struck me on today while I was doing it in my fluid is always nice and red
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" I maintain my clutch using the recommended automatic transmission fluid that are SSR manuals dictate. ":surprise::surprise::surprise:

I'm thinkin' and hopin' maybe you're setting up for an April Fools joke.:|

ATF for the automatic transmission and DOT 3 brake fluid are two different things (fluids). Are you really trying to say you have dumped ATF into the hydraulic clutch master cylinder reservoir.???:nerd:
 

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NO, NO, NO-------The 2nd picture shows AC part #12345347, DOT-3 Brake Fluid next to "Hydraulic Clutch System"

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NO, NO, NO-------The 2nd picture shows AC part #12345347, DOT-3 Brake Fluid next to "Hydraulic Clutch System"

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" I maintain my clutch using the recommended automatic transmission fluid that are SSR manuals dictate. ":surprise::surprise::surprise:

I'm thinkin' and hopin' maybe you're setting up for an April Fools joke.:|

ATF for the automatic transmission and DOT 3 brake fluid are two different things (fluids). Are you really trying to say you have dumped ATF into the hydraulic clutch master cylinder reservoir.???:nerd:

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is there a dunb a** of the year award around here
thats what came with the car and ive only topped off once.
i knew something wasnt right and the owner sent me that picture.
and it always struck me odd when i saw the other posts.
so today i asked

i have just gone through 3 bottles of brake fluid pumping clutch and flushing.
went from red to pink in one bottle ( looked like oil and vinegar the way they separated) and clear after another bottle. did the 3rd just in case

Dumb A**
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The high pressure hydraulic line to the clutch runs really close to the exhaust manifold, when the 6 speed was first introduced several were having issues with the fluid overheating and failing. When I swapped my clutch to the corvette clutch in 2009 I wrapped the high pressure line with an exhaust wrap, then a layer of a heat shield material before re-installation. Now, whenever I do an oil change, about twice a year, I suck the reservoir dry with a turkey baster and replace it with new DOT 3 brake fluid. The old fluid is darker than the new fluid I put in, i assume because of the heat. I've never had a problem with the fluid overheating/boiling and the clutch failing.
 

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The high pressure hydraulic line to the clutch runs really close to the exhaust manifold, when the 6 speed was first introduced several were having issues with the fluid overheating and failing. When I swapped my clutch to the corvette clutch in 2009 I wrapped the high pressure line with an exhaust wrap, then a layer of a heat shield material before re-installation. Now, whenever I do an oil change, about twice a year, I suck the reservoir dry with a turkey baster and replace it with new DOT 3 brake fluid. The old fluid is darker than the new fluid I put in, i assume because of the heat. I've never had a problem with the fluid overheating/boiling and the clutch failing.
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You should just maybe review some posts that speak of (clutch dust)...which can/does migrate beyond the seals and gets up into the reservoir. Some of this theory comes from Corvette Forum sites. I myself.......found this to be somewhat bizarre. But take a look and maybe it is a factor in your "darker/older" fluid.:wink2:
 

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Henry Ford fought hard to keep manual brakes. Chevrolet even bragged about their manual brakes and used them longer than ford????........A long time until they changed the clutch to fluid. I guess the new engineers were not smart enough to use RODS & such.......O.K.........I know it was easier to route fluid lines.....Well you can make me us it but you can't make me like it?!.......or the cost of repair.

my 2 cents..............Birdmans I think I'll go to u-tube and watch the 1936 Chevrolet assembly line?
 

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Yeah right, and those mechanical brakes (if everything was adjusted and working), might stop that 2000 lb car, from 40 mph, in 200 feet. Get real. :rolleyes:
 

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Henry Ford fought hard to keep manual brakes. Chevrolet even bragged about their manual brakes and used them longer than ford????........A long time until they changed the clutch to fluid. I guess the new engineers were not smart enough to use RODS & such.......O.K.........I know it was easier to route fluid lines.....Well you can make me us it but you can't make me like it?!.......or the cost of repair.

my 2 cents..............Birdmans I think I'll go to u-tube and watch the 1936 Chevrolet assembly line?
Chrysler was way ahead of the curve on this issue. They first came out with hydraulic brakes in 1924. They also used 2 wheel cylinders per wheel for added safety in case of leaks or seal failure. It took Chevrolet and Ford a long time to catch up.
 

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You should just maybe review some posts that speak of (clutch dust)...which can/does migrate beyond the seals and gets up into the reservoir. Some of this theory comes from Corvette Forum sites. I myself.......found this to be somewhat bizarre. But take a look and maybe it is a factor in your "darker/older" fluid.:wink2:
Clutch dust can and will migrate into the fluid and up into the clutch master cylinder. I have dealt with this for years on the new GTO's. The slave seal is only a liquid seal without a dust seal/cover. If I am remembering correctly on the GTO forum I am on, someone had some fluid tested and found clutch material in the fluid.

Just a little info, there are more GTO's with manual trans then there are SSR's made total.
 

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Motorcycles don't weigh 5,000 pounds, now do they. Mechanical brakes are a joke, Fred Flintstone and Wylie Coyote on their worst day.
 

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Motorcycles don't weigh 5,000 pounds, now do they. Mechanical brakes are a joke, Fred Flintstone and Wylie Coyote on their worst day.
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For sure, I've rolled through an intersection in an old Model A while stomping as hard as I could on those worthless brakes.:surprise:
 
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