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I just finished disassembling, cleaning and reassembling my 1500's clutch master cylinder. I last flushed the fluid in September 2006 when I also flushed the brake system. I've noticed the sight glass on the clutch had darkened awhile back so decided to check it. I was very surprised to find a lot of black gunk in the master reservoir. When I drained out the fluid it came out clean then turned grey. That pretty well told me that the slave cylinder had been clean but the master was really fouled. The brake fluid looked okay. The point of all this is to check your clutch fluid more often than the brakes. I suspect the fouling was caused by the fact that the clutch gets more of a workout over time than the brakes.



FYI the clutch master cylinder kit for the 1500 and 1200 are the same.
 

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The only reason for the "protector" is to prevent the master from shooting fluid at you if you squeeze the lever with the top off the reservoir. I dropped the thing and hunted all over the floor until I found it sitting on top of the workbench right beside the master cylinder. It really was surprising how much grunch ends up in the clutch. I think a flush every year for that would be worth while. When I get back from Montrose I'll replace the rubber parts in the slave cylinder too. I don't think much if any of that crud got down into it but I'll feel better if I remove it and see what's inside.
 
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