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How to Bleed the Clutch for the Z24 Cavalier

by Marlo Peterson

At times it becomes necessary to bleed the clutch system in your Z24 Cavalier. When the clutch doesn't fully engage, bleeding can often be a good remedy for the problem. You'll need to be able to find the slave cylinder in the clutch system, so if you're not completely familiar with it, consult the owner's manual that came with the vehicle.

Pop the hood of your Z24 Cavalier and prop it up so you can work.

Find the slave cylinder located underneath the battery of the car. It is a plug about three inches long that has springs and a small screw attached.

Allow one person, either you or your partner, to sit in the driver's side of the vehicle. The person in the car should push down on the clutch with their foot, holding it all the way down.

Loosen the short screw in the slave valve. At first, air will release from the valve. As your partner keeps holding it, fluid should begin leaking. Use the shop rag to soak up any fluid that drains from the valve as a result.

Re-tighten the screw. Repeat the above steps until only fluid is released and no air.

Close the hood of the car.

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About the Author

Marlo Peterson began writing professionally as a beat reporter in 2007. His work has appeared in "The Virginian-Pilot," "MIX Magazine" and at Gamersmark.com. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Norfolk State University in Norfolk.

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