How to Replace Slave Cylinder on 1987 Chevrolet Corvette

The 1987 Chevrolet Corvette could be ordered with a manual transmission. The manual transmission uses a hydraulically controlled clutch to engage and disengage the transmission from the engine. A failure or leak in the clutch slave cylinder will keep the clutch from working correctly. The clutch slave cylinder must be replaced if it leaks hydraulic fluid or is mechanically damaged. Replacement of the slave cylinder can be performed with a basic set of hand tools.

Tools Used: Wheel chocks, Floor jack, Jack stands, Battery terminal wrench, Metric wrenches, Torque wrench, Sockets, Brake fluid, Clear tubing, Empty bottle

Replace Slave Cylinder

Place the wheel chocks in front and behind a rear wheel to secure the vehicle from moving. Raise the front of the Corvette with the floor jack and secure the car on the jack stands. Remove the negative battery cable from the battery with the assistance of the battery terminal wrench.

Loosen and disconnect the hydraulic line at the slave cylinder with an open end metric wrench. Place the disconnected end of the hydraulic line in the empty bottle to catch any fluid draining from the clutch master cylinder.

Remove the two bolts securing the slave cylinder to the transmission bell-housing with a metric wrench. Place one hand on the clutch cylinder to keep it from falling on you once the bolts are removed.

Install the new slave clutch cylinder onto the bell-housing and insert the two bolts. Tighten the two mounting bolts to 44 foot-pounds of torque with the torque wrench and socket.

Attach the hydraulic fluid line to the new slave cylinder and tighten with the open end wrench.

Place one end of the clear tubing over the bleeder screw on the slave cylinder and the other end of the hose into the bottle.

Remove the cap from the clutch master cylinder and fill the master cylinder to the full mark with new brake fluid.

Have an assistant depress and hold the clutch pedal to the floor of the Corvette. With the pedal depressed, open the bleeder screw with a wrench to release the fluid and air from the slave cylinder into the bottle.

Repeat Step 8 until air bubbles are no longer present in the tubing from the slave cylinder. Fill the master cylinder to the full mark with new fluid and tighten the cap on the master cylinder.

Remove the clear tubing from the slave cylinder and check that the bleeder screw is tight.

Use the floor jack to remove the jack stand and return the Corvette to the floor. Remove the wheel chocks from the rear wheel. Replace the negative battery cable on the battery and tighten with the battery terminal wrench.

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