How to Bleed the Clutch on a 1989 Ford Probe

The 1989 Ford probe uses a hydraulic clutch system to make it easier to engage and disengage the clutch in your Probe. Your clutch fluid should be checked twice a year to make sure that the system is not loosing any fluid; the fluid should be changed after 2 years of use at most. When you change the clutch fluid, you'll need to bleed the system because air will be introduced into the system. If there is any air in the clutch line, the system will not work properly. You will not be able to disengage the clutch.

Tools Used: 10mm close end wrench, Clutch bleeding kit, Catch pan, Clutch fluid

Bleed Clutch

Open the hood of your Probe and locate the clutch master and slave cylinder assembly on the driver's side of the engine bay, mounted to the firewall.

Place the 10mm wrench over the nut that holds the clutch bleeder valve closed.

Secure one end of the small tubing in your clutch bleeding kit to the clutch bleeder valve.

Place the other end of the tubing into a catch pan.

Have an assistant pump the clutch pedal several times. Then hold the clutch pedal firm.

Unscrew the bleeder valve with the 10mm wrench to allow the air out of the system. Some fluid will also spill into the catch pan. This is normal.

Tighten the nut to close the bleeder valve.

Repeat the process outlined in steps 5 through 7 until there is no more air in the clutch lines. Periodically check the clutch fluid level; refill the reservoir tank on the top of the clutch master cylinder with clutch fluid when the fluid level gets near the lower fill line on the reservoir tank.

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