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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sun, Aug-12-2018, 02:42:41 AM   #1
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Default Slave Cylinder Plunger Cap

I was bleeding the clutch by removing the slave cylinder and squeezing the plunger (really needs large hands)...not sure what happened; however, the cap fell off in the transmission. I tried to feel for it...nothing so far. What would you do? I am learning the hard way don't get mad while work on a bimmer...sadness will follow. I doubt one can just buy the cap. The cap in the bell housing won't hurt anything either.
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Here is a picture of what I am speaking of...I am thinking of placing one or two of those bleeder caps on as a substitute...doesn't make sense to drop the transmission for that...can't believe it's not solid, as well as, I must be the only one to have had happened!

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Default Re: Slave Cylinder Plunger Cap

Do not put a rubber bleeder cap on the slave rod. Go find another tip.
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Do not put a rubber bleeder cap on the slave rod. Go find another tip.
Thank you Brett for responding...I threw away the old one and not sure where to find another tip...might be easier to just buy another slave cylinder. The next one I'll put some red loctite on that bugger.
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Here's a picture taken with my borescope camera...it was a Febi slave cylinder.

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Maybe with a coat hanger and something stick on the end like duct tape wrapped backwards you could pick up the cap. I actually have a 1 inch hole in the bottom of my bell housing. Drilled it out to fish out a slave piston. Sealed it up with some sealant and skeet metal. Many bell housings have holes in other cars. Ideally don’t cut the hole through a support rib. Drill between.
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Maybe with a coat hanger and something stick on the end like duct tape wrapped backwards you could pick up the cap. I actually have a 1 inch hole in the bottom of my bell housing. Drilled it out to fish out a slave piston. Sealed it up with some sealant and skeet metal. Many bell housings have holes in other cars. Ideally donít cut the hole through a support rib. Drill between.
Ha, glad I'm not the only one to lose a slave piston in the bell housing. Was putting a new slave in, pulled the old one out and heard a clinking sound...

I managed to get mine out with a coat hanger and a neodymium magnet. Took about an hour to fish it out, the magnet kept getting stuck on other metal parts.

Also bought a borescope so I could see where it was located in the bell housing.
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Maybe with a coat hanger and something stick on the end like duct tape wrapped backwards you could pick up the cap. I actually have a 1 inch hole in the bottom of my bell housing. Drilled it out to fish out a slave piston. Sealed it up with some sealant and skeet metal. Many bell housings have holes in other cars. Ideally donít cut the hole through a support rib. Drill between.
Brilliant idea on the duct tape/coat hanger Phil...I tried about a six inches tweezers but was worried that would get in there. Although I can see with the borescope camera, it still difficult to find the exact bearing; however, with the coat hanger, I'll have move leverage. Can you believe the replacement slave cylinder (new) had the rubber boot busted and leaked brake fluid out the transmission weep hole...could have lost the piston in there too. This one was a Bilstein/Febi
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Ha, glad I'm not the only one to lose a slave piston in the bell housing. Was putting a new slave in, pulled the old one out and heard a clinking sound...

I managed to get mine out with a coat hanger and a neodymium magnet. Took about an hour to fish it out, the magnet kept getting stuck on other metal parts.

Also bought a borescope so I could see where it was located in the bell housing.
I am learning how fragile the slave cylinder can be...glad I not the only one to have had issues.
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