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Old 01-17-2014, 04:05 PM   #1
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Tick Remote Clutch Bleeder Install

I had installed a separate reservoir for the clutch some time back and had purchased the remote bleeder before realizing that the transmission needed to be pulled for the installation. The bleeder sat on my toolbox ever since. I’ve been sucking the reservoir out and refilling, but the fluid never really gets clean. Well I had a free day today and decided I’d try to install it with the trans in the car.
A good background video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5edLIp2CoM
This is how it worked out.

First step is to drain the line so that the bell housing does not get a bunch of DOT4 in it and possibly contaminate the clutch disk.
1). Locate the hydraulic line (notice the 1/4in breaker bar above the line, it is on the factory bleeder)
2). Pull the stainless clip down to release the connection (I used a small screwdriver that was bent 90deg). It was not tight, came apart quite easily.
3). Then let it drain into a pan………
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Old 01-17-2014, 04:08 PM   #2
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Next remove the stock bleeder (8mm socket). Surprisingly it was just over hand tight. Be very careful as it should be unthreaded by hand and DO NOT DROP it into the bell housing or you will be pulling the trans!
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Old 01-17-2014, 04:10 PM   #3
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I thought that the 1st picture would enable me to tighten the remote bleeder
But the 2nd setup worked out better (7/16in crow’s foot)
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Old 01-17-2014, 04:16 PM   #4
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Be sure to tighten the adapter to the hose prior to installation

It was extremely fiddly getting the remote bleeder started in the slave cylinder. The drawing helped to understand where the hole would be. The hydraulic line is the lower port and the bleeder is the upper port. It took about 15min to get it started. This will be a luck thing, either it will go in easy or difficult, mine was about in the middle I suspect.
Then about the same amount of time to get it tightened with the crow’s foot. I was real careful not to pull it off while moving it around. The trick seemed to be to put the crow’s foot in the upper hole and steer it with the index and middle fingers of my second hand in the lower hole. I could feel it engage on both the hose nut and the adapter, this gave me more room to make sure the connection was tight. There is a gusset on the front of the transmission case, between the line and bleeder. This increased the challenge of getting the crow's foot on the new bleeder.
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Old 01-17-2014, 04:19 PM   #5
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Finished

All that was left was to route the hose around the bell housing, toward the front of the engine and bleed the system.
The hose is pulled down for bleeding and tucked up out of the way for all other times
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:55 PM   #6
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Pretty cool. How many times do you flush/drain it now?
Where did you get the remote bleeder from?
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:22 PM   #7
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I'll flush when it gets dirty, the same as now ~ 6 weeks or so. Hopefully now it will be easier/quicker.
Tick performance is the supplier.
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I hope its as good as I think it will be. I hate flushing mine, PITA trying to flush and fill without spilling on the paint.
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:19 AM   #9
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Awesome. I need to do this on both of my cars. One needs a clutch so I was gonna do it then but the other does not. Glad to know I can do it without dropping the transmission. Is the line not long enough to route up into the engine bay so I can keep an eye of the reservoir fluid level while using a vacuum pump? Thanks for posting this.
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:18 AM   #10
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It is plenty long enough to get near the reservoir. I don't have a vacuum pump, that would be the best way to do it though. Post a how to for the pump, I'd like to see that!
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:03 PM   #11
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I got it at the auto parts store. It's called a Mighty Vac or something like that. It's just a hand held squeeze pump that creates a vacuum and pulls the fluid thru into a catch cup. Great for bleeding brakes and clutches. I've had it for 10 yrs or so. Relatively cheap. Less than 30 bucks and comes with a bunch of adapters.
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:56 AM   #12
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that is something i need to add to my tool box! it will make the bleed/fluid change much easier. no need to drive up on ramps. thx for the tip mp51998
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OP,
You are a brave man. You know that had you been unsuccessful you would have had to pull the trans. But it is nice to know that this can be accomplished. Congratulations. I may try to be this brave as well.
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You are a brave man. You know that had you been unsuccessful you would have had to pull the trans. But it is nice to know that this can be accomplished. Congratulations. I may try to be this brave as well.
to be honest..............i did not know the bleeder was that long! lol
my heart dropped, i thought the day was going to be a lot longer pulling the trans
i did get lucky for sure. it was not as bad as i thought it would be, just a bunch of patience and persistance.
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Old 05-14-2014, 11:44 AM   #15
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Hey h018871,
Thank you for sharing your experience, the pictures and the notes that you made are very appreciated!
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I thought that the 1st picture would enable me to tighten the remote bleeder
But the 2nd setup worked out better (7/16in crow’s foot)
Thank You h018871 for your great thread. I just completed my Tick install without removing the trans

I do have a couple small improvements, I also used a 7/16" crow's foot as you suggested, but I attached a 3/8 to 1/4 adapter to it then used a 1/4" drive 3" extension. I then taped the crows foot, the adapter and the extension all together so it would all stay together, minimizing anything falling into the bellhousing. It was easier to maneuver into the hole because of less weight. And there was enough room with the 1/4" drive setup that I could use my ratchet, instead of the breaker bar.

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I also taped a mirror above the area I was working so I could see where the Tick needed to go and also see the fitting as I tightened. You can see the mirror and the image of inside the bellhousing in this pic:

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Now when I first installed the Tick into the hole and attempted to hit the threads I blocked my mirror, but luck was with me and I hit the threads right off the bat. I could not believe I got that lucky and I gave the Tick a twist and it started right into the threads

Thank You h018871!
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One other thing.....PATIENCE, PATIENCE!!!! Keep your and take your time!!! You DO NOT WANT TO:

-Crossthread the Tick into the slave. Remember the slave housing is aluminum
-Drop your tools or OE bleeder into the bellhousing. Keep you hands clean, keep any grease or brake fluid of your fingers, because you need all the grip you can get to hold onto the OE bleeder and your tools. And no gloves, when working with small things, keep the gloves off

Do this

not this
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Great thread, I installed mine today w/ my CTS-V front brake upgrade. I would not have had the proper tools (crows foot) to install the bleeder w/o this thread. I taped my 'setup' together like cdb did (I used painter's tape) and I tied a sliding knot in a piece of thread and attached it to the end of the OEM bleeder after I broke it loose, just in case it slipped out of my hands so that I could fish it back out of the transmission.

I like the mirror trick, I used my iPhone to take pictures while I held the bleeder in place. there is PLENTY of room up there to see and the camera on an iPhone 5 just happens to be in the top left corner I attached 2 of the pictures to give an idea of what you're dealing with. These were taken with 1 hand holding the iPhone and other holding the bleeder line steady while the car was on the lift. It took me a little over 15 minutes to get it started.

Patience is right. (and a steady hand) Thanks again OP for taking the time to write this up.
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Had mine installed by a shop while having other mods done. The fresh fluid makes the car shift like butter again. They ran the bleeder up under the hood.
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ADR01T, great idea with the tether on the bleeder, and very good, clear pics of the slave for everyone.
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Great pics, thanks for posting these. I will be adding the Ideal Garage slave cylinder and separating the fluid reservoirs this weekend, since I am already working on on the fluid side of things, I will go ahead and add this remote bleeder. I was going to wait until I replaced the clutch, but after seeing these pics, I think patience and a six pack will get it done.
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:32 AM   #24
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The iPhone pics are great. Your bellhousing is quite a bit cleaner than mine

The tape and string are good practices. Glad this has been working out for folks
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