Replacing Clutch Fluid: How and Why!

Did you know that clutch fluid is really just brake fluid that is kept in the clutch master cylinder? We call it clutch fluid based on the location. When you press down the clutch pedal, the clutch fluid flows from the clutch master cylinder to the slave cylinder. The pressure that is created by this transfer of fluid is used to engage the clutch, which then allows you to change gears. 


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the condition of your vehicle’s transmission or clutch, call AG Automotive and schedule an appointment with our team of expert automotive technicians today!


What is clutch fluid?

As mentioned above, clutch fluid is really just brake fluid that is kept in the clutch master cylinder. Most vehicles use DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid in the clutch reservoir. 


See our blog about AG Automotive’s brake fluid exchange service for more information about your vehicle’s braking system and fluid. 


Warning signs of a failing clutch:

It is common for older vehicles to deteriorate and mix debris or contamination in its fluids. Contaminated fluid usually leads to the driver having problems with the clutch pedal. Depending on how dirty it is, it can accelerate seizing, binding, and wear of the cylinders. 


  • Weak acceleration 
  • Hear gears grinding while shifting
  • Loose of sticky clutch pedal
  • Burning clutch smell- it’s a pretty unique smell so you will know when your clutch is burning
  • Unable to shift into gears or your transmission keeps popping out of gear


How to check your clutch fluid:

The easiest way to check to see if your clutch fluid levels are low is to press the pedal down a few times. If the motion isn’t smooth and doesn’t spring right back up or is making grinding sounds, it is probably time to schedule a clutch fluid exchange service with our expert mechanics at AG Automotive. 

You can check the clutch fluid reservoir located on top of the clutch master cylinder. If the fluid does not reach the fill line, then you can top it off with new fluid. But if you can tell that there is debris or contamination of the fluid, you’re going to have to replace the fluid completely. 


How often should you replace your clutch fluid?


It is important to replace your clutch fluid if you are experiencing any problems with your clutch. The most savvy vehicle enthusiasts recommend that you change your clutch fluid every few years to make sure it’s clean of any debris. Clutch fluid should be checked as often as the brake fluid. 


As always, you should refer to your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance intervals. Most manufacturers recommend that you change your clutch fluid every 30,000 miles.


Schedule a clutch fluid exchange service with our expert mechanics at AG Automotive today!


If you have noticed that your transmission is popping out of gear, smell a burning clutch, hear grinding sounds, or have a loose/sticky clutch pedal, Ag Automotive will have you back on the road in no time after we identify that your vehicle needs a clutch fluid exchange service. Our expert technicians have the tools and knowledge to exchange your vehicle’s clutch fluid quickly and efficiently.


We want the job to be done right the first time, so we ensure your clutch is working properly and exceeds the manufacturer’s specifications after our service is complete. We offer our customers a full service inspection and service of their clutch and fluids so they can get back out on the road and drive with confidence knowing their vehicle was serviced by the best. 


We offer our customers a full-service clutch fluid exchange which includes:


  1. Visually inspect clutch hydraulic system for leaks
  2. Clean our master cylinder reservoir
  3. Flush complete clutch hydraulic system
  4. Adjust clutch (If applicable)
  5. Clean and test drive
  6. Check for proper clutch function
  7. Recheck fluid level and for leaks
  8. Quality Check
Don’t Second-Guess the Condition of Your Vehicle

Many auto owners struggle to know if the right work was done the right way on their car. As a courtesy, we provide digital vehicle inspections and photos so you can quickly and easily see what our experienced, professional technicians are seeing. Overall, we go the extra mile to help you make informed decisions on the repair and maintenance plan of your vehicle, so you can drive with confidence every time you get behind the wheel.