Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Steve Foss

Hydraulic clutch issue - 89 Toyota 4Runner

7 posts in this topic

It started shifting hard, then won't go into gear at all. I checked the fluid in the clutch receptacle and it was down a bit. I added Dot 3 brake fluid. At first when I added to the fill line, the level would slowly drop, and I'd add more. I did this three times until it stayed up to the "max fill" line.

Now it will allow me to clutch and shift only after repeatedly pumping the clutch pedal. I'm talking 20-40 pumps before it builds what feels like enough pressure to allow gear shifting, then after a few gear shifts as I'm moving through town, it won't allow shifting again and I have to pull over and pump it a bunch of times to get it to shift.

It really does feel like a soft brake pedal does when there's air in the lines, where you feel very little resistance until you pump them up.

I see no fluid coming out anywhere after I pump it up, so it doesn't appear there's a leak anywhere. Could I have air in my hydraulic clutch line and, if so, how do I bleed the system? Or does it sound like some other problem?

Toyota 4Runner, 1989, five-speed, V6, high mileage.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, it sounds as if you most likely have air in the system. It sometimes can work out just by using it now that its full again. If not you will need to bleed the system.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its hard to say for sure but it sounds like air in the line. Also, there might be a leak you cant see. Which would account for the fluid being low. You will probably need to bleed it from the slave cylinder (the part on/in the tranny that pushed the clutch in/out) to see for sure. Im hoping airjer will chime in on this one, Im not sure if its a internal or external slave on that one. I havent been underneath one of those before. If its external, its a cinch to bleed it out and even change it.

Usually if there is a leak the slave cylinder is to blame and most of the time they are pretty cheap. If the slave looks fine but isnt getting pressure, there could be a internal leak on the clutch master cylinder. Which would account for the multiple pumps to get it moving.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The slave will be on the drivers side of the trans. You will see a bleeder screw simular to a brake caliper. Its either an 8mm or 10mm i think 8. Open it. have somebody push down on the clutch pedal. close it. pull up un the clutch pedal. repeat making sure not to run out of fluid!

Also check inside the vehicle under the dash where the push rod goes through the dash. Its very possible for it to be leaking inside the car.

Hope that helps Mr. Steve!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Anytime air gets into a sealed system such as this-there's a leak of some type somewhere. Air should never get in.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, everyone. Airjer, we'll get 'er bled, and if there's a leak, we'll find it. gringrin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • I've been getting them at Costco,  I've checked slyvee and sams but never see them.  Although one of the butcher's at slyvee says he can get them which might not be a bad idea since you can have some fat cut off before you pay per #. I picked one up a couple of weeks ago and it was about 2.80 a #, which isn't too bad yet considering bacon in the store can run quite a bit more than that.  You making bacon or doing pork belly burnt ends moon lake?
    • Excellent summer fishing.  Charters catching strong numbers.  Jig/minnow or jig/leech and bouncers with spinners with crawlers or minnows still producing walleyes. When the wind is right for pulling spinners, they have been lights out.  Walleyes being caught in varying depths, 7-31' of water.  Some shallow shorelines still producing. Pike mixed in all over the lake.    Walleyes in the Rainy River with a better morning/evening bite.  Trolling cranks or pulling spinners a good idea to cover more water. Smallmouth bass are out and about along shorelines and feeder streams. Sturgeon fishing opens again Saturday, July 1st.     Up at the NW Angle, water temps are in the low to mid 60’s. Wind blown shorelines are giving up walleyes via leeches or crankbaits along the weed line. Crawlers on a  gold and/or orange spinner are producing fish out of the mud between 22 - 26 feet. On the Canadian side, bottom bouncers and spinners have been filling the livewells outside of monument bay between 24-28 feet.  Jigging near Skeet and Kennedy Islands have produced nice sized walleye and numerous perch. Great smallmouth action in Tranquil channel and the mouth of Johnston passage. Muskie fishing picking up with high 40” class fish being caught with a few 50's from shallow bottom bays or adjacent to them.
    • Busy time of year out there so if u get canceled it is hard to rebook especially with the smaller operations. Bummer though as it can be a lot of fun if they are biting. 
    • I understand that you never really know when the Warriors are going to fall off or if they even will.  Hopefully the Wolves can make the playoffs and gain some experience, maybe teach the rest of the team how to play defense, so that in a few years we are knocking on the door and can lure in a top free agent to put us over the edge.  Its just an awful tough time to be a good team right now with the Warriors so clearly heads and shoulders above everyone else.
    • I couldn't have said it better myself pikestabber!  We have to go out there and do what we can now and not try to set up for "when the warriors are old" cuz the way the NBA is going who knows what players may join forces to set up the next "Warriors" squad.  Heck maybe the Wolves will be that next team !!  I just really love the addition of Butler and from the sounds of it we are not done yet and I am excited to see what will happen in free agency and if we could really land the likes of Kyle Lowry one of the other PG's that are hitting the FA market.  Nice to see the Wolves making moves!!
    • I would ask Getanet where to get some good ones!   Pork Belly Stinks Started by Getanet, May 1
    • So that means you ALMOST caught a fish!!   Real bummer!
    • I never use soap to clean the racks. Just put them on a hot grill for a few minutes and use a brush to get the majority off.    Hmmm, Gin flavored ham, mmmmmmmm.     
    • My local meat market will sell you one. They did for a friend of mine about a year ago. If you want to take a trip to Belle Plaine I can hook you up, but you should be able to find it at a meat market near you also.
  • Our Sponsors