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My 2016 Corvette is a bit over 4 years old and I was thinking that the clutch fluid should be replaced, especially since these have slave cylinders with seals that let crap into the fluid. Like most owners I have been doing the "Ranger Method" to replace the fluid in the reservoir then pump the clutch, then repeat several times. But that doesn't really get all the gunk out of the lower part of the system. So a simple flush shouldn't be a big deal, right? LOL. Have a look at this. Some folks go on to install remote speed bleeders on theirs but doing that requires that the clutch be dropped! I won't post the procedure for that.

https://www.corvetteforum.com/how-tos/a/c6-c7-corvette-how-to-bleed-hydraulic-clutch-system-368192
 

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Ranger method is highly effective and easy to do. I would go that route for a few cycles through the reservoir, and then maybe bleed the slave cylinder from below.


Bleed screw is a PITA to get to for certain. I would maybe get a mightvac or similar if you want it to be a 1 person operation. No reason the wife can contribute a foot here.
 

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Yes, I do the ranger method several times a year, but it really doesn't mix new fluid down to the slave. I have a mity-vac but don't think it will work, I don't think there is a nipple under the bleed cap.... and probably isn't clearance to attach a tube anyway... plus I'd be reluctant to remove the bleed cap (it is just loosened to bleed) in case I couldn't get it back on which would mean a tow to the dealer and dropping the clutch!


Ranger method is highly effective and easy to do. I would go that route for a few cycles through the reservoir, and then maybe bleed the slave cylinder from below.


Bleed screw is a PITA to get to for certain. I would maybe get a mightvac or similar if you want it to be a 1 person operation. No reason the wife can contribute a foot here.
 

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I had to replace my clutch. I think the pressure plate fingers had failed. Since it was such a miserable experience getting to the slave, it was at that time I decided installing a remote bleeder was the way to go.
 

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My car isn't exactly a garage queen but it isn't racking up a lot of miles either... and barring outright failure it shouldn't ever need a clutch replacement while I own it. My worry is the slave. Although my last car with a manual, a 1994 Camaro 6-speed, I never did anything with the clutch fluid. Ever. And I sold that car in 2016 with 125,000 miles and "historic" plates. So maybe I am worrying for nothing? It's just that any of this stuff on a Vette is so hard to get to and so $$ to have repaired.

I had to replace my clutch. I think the pressure plate fingers had failed. Since it was such a miserable experience getting to the slave, it was at that time I decided installing a remote bleeder was the way to go.
 
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