What is the Flexible Clutch Hose all about?
The clutch hose is the one and only flexible line within the hydraulic clutch system. It works in conjunction with your clutch slave cylinder to deliver fluid to the clutch. When you push the pedal, the fluid goes through the hose and facilitates movement of the clutch. Essentially, the flexible clutch hose helps to ensure that your vehicle shifts smoothly.
Keep in mind:
- Flexible clutch hose replacement is not part of your routine maintenance.
- A kinked, compressed, or otherwise damaged clutch hose will not deliver fluid to your clutch.
How it’s done:
- The faulty flexible clutch hose is identified and vehicle put on jack stands
- The defective flexible clutch hose is removed
- The new flexible clutch hose is installed
- The clutch system is bled of air and removed from the jack stands
- The vehicle is road tested for proper clutch operation
You shouldn’t ignore shifting problems in your vehicle. Don’t try to diagnose shifting problems on your own. Instead, one of our expert mechanics can help you accurately pinpoint what is wrong with your vehicle and recommend a proper course of action.
What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Flexible Clutch Hose?
- You notice a puddle of fluid under your car, but your brakes are fine
- Clutch won’t engage properly
- Car is difficult to shift
- You are constantly having to add fluid to your clutch reservoir
How important is this service?
You can check your clutch fluid on your own. Your vehicle owner’s manual will tell you where to locate the reservoir. If the fluid is low, top it up. If you continue to experience problems, have the hose inspected and replaced if necessary.