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Clutch master feed line-- Dante's 10th level of hell


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Maybe a bit dramatic.  Im losing my mind on this clutch main feed line.  When the engine bay was empty, I was having issues pressing in the line with the new MC installed. Removed the master cylinder, pressed her in at my bench,  re-reinstalled the MC and moved forward.  Weeks back, getting other things sorted in the engine bay, she popped out and I just left it for another time.  Now is tha ttime and sure enough, I am not having much luck trying to press it back in.  Losing my mind. I can feel the line bending more than I can feel it go in. and if I get it in, a small tweak pops it out.


Could I take a brake line nipple, similar to the brake master, press it in, and run a soft hose?  Or am I doomed to remove the MC for a third time? Has anyone figured out a better way?

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It sucks trying to do it with the master installed.  I finally pulled mine back off of the puddle box and removed the feed line from the reservoir, so I could get it pushed into the grommet.  You might try rounding the edge of the bottom of the inlet tube.  If it's sharp, it might tend to grab the rubber.

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On 3/12/2023 at 3:29 PM, esty said:

install it out of the car then lower it into position from the top...tie it to something under the hood or get a helper to hold it while you get under the car

+1  That's the only way I could ever get that line into the nipple on the clutch M/C...and that was with the OEM metal line as well as the later plastic one.


And before you do that--make the reinstall easier by either using manifold nuts (same thread but 12mm wrench size vs 13) to hold the M/C in place, or grind down the M/C housing a bit (plenty of iron in the housing to grind) so that a socket can be used on the 13mm nuts...



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2 hours ago, MurphinDC said:

Just did this a few weeks ago.  What @esty and @Mike Self have said are spot on.  I used a little brake fluid for lubrication and it went in quickly and smoothly.




I struggled for hours trying to get it on while on the car, threw in the towel and took it off, bench-installed, back on the car.


Brake fluid does wonders, just wear gloves.  

Engine bay OCD is a real problem



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