Keeping the Pressure In: How to Replace Your Car's Clutch Hose
Among the clutch hydraulic system in vehicles, the clutch hose is the only flexible line. You rarely touch the clutch hose, as it's not a frequently replaced car part like the brake pads or the air filter. Some of the common signs of clutch hose damage include leaks or abrasion. When your clutch hose breaks down, the clutch hydraulic system will be incapable of holding pressure, thus the clutch would not release. There's no need to worry though, since we have provided below a step-by-step guide on how to change your vehicle's clutch hose.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Materials you will use:
- 1/4" x 8", 5/16" x 12", 3/8" x 16" flat-head screwdrivers
- #1 and #2 Phillips screwdrivers
- 10mm and 12mm sockets with extensions
- Socket wrench
- 17mm open-end wrench
- 10mm flare-nut wrench
- 3/16" clear flexible hose (12" long)
- Small plastic container (1 lb)
- Fresh container of brake fluid
- New clutch hose
Step 1: Always unplug the negative battery terminal first before disconnecting the positive terminal. Take out the hold-down bar and remove the battery out of your car. Then, remove the four 12mm bolts close to the tray corners.
Step 2: Detach the washer electrical connector and fluid hose in the passenger's side strut tower. Remove the battery tray, washer tank, and washer pump electrical connector.
Step 3: Uninstall the intake air filter and the mass air sensor by loosening one hose clamp. Remove the metal pipe passing through the battery corner. You will see that there are spring-type hose clamps at each end, and a bracket secured by 12mm bolts at the front end. You also need to remove the sliding clamp connected to the battery hold-down bar.
Step 4: If you have a turbo car, you may need to remove the Y-pipe and intake hoses. This will give you access to the fuel filter and the ISC motor on the throttle body.
Step 5: Use two flat-head screwdrivers to pry loose the retaining clip and remove the flare nut. Then, take out the hydraulic pipe using a a 10mm flare-nut wrench, and a 17mm open-end wrench on the hose fitting.
Step 6: For the lower end, loosen the flare nut on the curved piping that connects to the release cylinder.
Step 7: Prepare the hose and lower-end bracket before installing into your car. Simply slide the hose onto the release cylinder pipe and secure the bracket with bolts. Avoid turning the bolt too much. Turn the flare nut by hand first, then use a wrench to secure its connection with the proper amount of torque.
Step 8: For the upper end, slide the hose through the bracket, and grab the retaining clip started onto the hose above the bracket. Complete the installation using a 16" flat-head screwdriver and a hammer to push the clip in place. Tighten the flare nut by hand first, then proceed with a wrench to torque the nut.
Step 9: Return all of the components that you removed earlier by following steps 1-4 in reverse order. Make sure that you reconnect the negative battery terminal last.