What happens if you put hydraulic fluid in place of clutch fluid?

Asked by May 16, 2018 at 01:17 PM about the 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Coupe FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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I think it will be fine. Your owners manual even says hydraulic fluid. Then it goes on to name a specific gm brand. Just my opinion.


Not much if anything. It is a hydraulic system. If you are concerned about compatibility with the rubber seals you could drain out the fluid and replace it with the correct stuff.

Thank you so, so much!! I had a mechanic trying to tell me it damaged the entire clutch/brake system and I was going to have to replace everything from the master cylinder to all of the seals and valves!! And he even charged me $50 to tell me that big load of BS!!


The brakes are not connected to the clutch hydraulic system.

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