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Check the Fluid for a Hydraulic Clutch in Your Car

Cars with manual transmissions (stick shift) use either hydraulics (which uses fluid) or a cable to connect your clutch pedal to the transmission. If your car has a hydraulic clutch, the fluid must be checked monthly to ensure that it’s full and there aren’t any leaks.
1. Determine whether your car has a hydraulic clutch.
2. Turn the engine off and open the hood.
3. Look for a small plastic container about 1 inch in diameter located close to the back of the engine, usually near the brake fluid reservoir. It looks a lot like the brake fluid reservoir but it’s smaller. Imagine that the clutch pedal went straight through into the engine compartment: this is where you’ll find the clutch master cylinder and clutch reservoir.
4. Check the fluid level. The reservoir is usually clear with a small round rubber cap on the top; it should be filled to the top.
5. Add brake fluid if it’s low.

Replace the cap.

Take care not to spill brake fluid on yourself or the car’s paint – it’s highly corrosive. Wash your hands and wipe any spills with a rag.

If the clutch reservoir is consistently low you probably have a leak. The reservoir is very small so even a little leak can empty it out quickly. Without fluid, your clutch pedal is useless so you won’t be able to shift, or to drive. See your mechanic if you suspect a leak.

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