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Old 01-04-2010, 05:08 PM   #1
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Question Benz 190E problem: Clutch slave cylinder leaking into clutch/tranny



Hey guys,

I have a 1988 190E 2.3-8v 5 speed as a winter beater. Last night when I went to move the car the clutch pedal just sprung to the floor when i touched it. Lost hydraulic pressure.

I towed it to a buddy's shop and we took a look. We couldn't find any of the lines to be leaking, but there was a small leak from the transmission/clutch case out of a little hole. We put in more fluid and pumped the clutch pedal until it regained pressure. Car drives now...

QUESTION is, is it ok to drive the car a day or 2 like this, keeping the brake fluid topped up? When I was ordering a new slave cylinder the guy told me not to drive the car if it's leaking into the clutch as this will damage the clutch. Is this true?

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Old 01-04-2010, 06:40 PM   #2
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Well since cars typically have dry clutches, I'd think that any kind of fluid leaking on to a clutch would be bad news. It could cause it to slip and would definitely make some funny smells as it burns off.
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Yea that makes sense...but as long as it's not noticeably slipping, would it cause damage???
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:50 PM   #4
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I doubt any serious damage would occur but it would certainly make a huge mess in the bell housing. The clutch disc would probably wear abnormally too due to slippage.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:01 PM   #5
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Well brake fluid will probably ignite in open air if it gets hot enough, so if there's enough of it leaking it could be a fire hazard.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:05 PM   #6
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I wouldn't if I cared about the car at all.
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