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So, 1st official post & I'm going to try my hand at a How To on my 05 Enth Conv.
-- Background --
I've owned the car for ~2 years & put roughly 20,000 miles on it. Just hit 70,000 miles & over the course of the last 10,000 I've had issues with my clutch pedal. Originally, in hot weather, after driving 15-30 min my clutch pedal would get stuck about 1/2-way up after shifting & I'd have to tap it back up with my toe. After a couple months, when the weather got cool, it didn't happen as much. Took it to the dealership several times & mimic'd the problem for them & the master tech went for a ride with me the second time around. He was pretty up front and said the master/slave was probably the problem, but since it wasn't covered under the warranty (wear & tear, I guess) & if it wasn't a constant thing, he wouldn't worry about it till it finally gave. Well, I just made it through Summer #2 & I'm pretty sure "finally gave" just happened.
I was sitting at the window of the late-night McDonald's drive through for the typical 10+ minute wait & when it was finally time to head out & I went to shift, but the pedal felt abnormally light. So I let it off and tried again, this time trying to shift into first & it felt like the clutch wasn't even disengaged (couldn't move the shifter into first, grinding, etc.). Since I only had <1 mile to get home, I milked it by pumping the clutch 4-5 times to build up enough pressure to get into first, somehow made it into second & stayed there till I got to my garage.
-- What I'm Doing --
Since I couldn't track down a decent How To Replace the Master/Slave Cylinder guide through a few quick searches, I downloaded the Service Manual, ordered a pair of new cylinders & I'm going to see if I can hang onto a few bucks from the stealership. My plan is to give this a try tomorrow or Friday & keep a pretty good step-by-step photo record of it, so if anyone has any experience with this and can offer some helpful tips it would be greatly appreciated. After reading through the manual, it doesn't seem too bad. Then again, it never does till you're 1/2-way through and hit that insignificant step that holds you up for a week, haha.
2006 350Z - 80000 Miles.
So again, if anyone is interested, let me know, and I'll film the whole thing and put it on youtube.com.