156 V6 Clutch Gone & Brake Fluid Missing - re-bleed the lot?
Got in my 156 V6 for the first time in a week today, got 2 minutes down the road and the clutch pedal started to not spring back and changing gear was suddenly very difficult.
Remembering that the clutch and brakes shared the same fluid, I quickly turned around and went home. I checked under the bonnet and all the brake fluid is gone from the resevoir (brakes are fine though). There seems to be a 99% chance that the clutch has lost all its fluid through a sudden leak.
Question - If I replace the faulty clutch component and top up the fluid, will I have to re-bleed the brakes?
I hope not.... the thought of sorting out seized bleed nipples on 11 yr old brake calipers in the January snow makes me shudder...
My guess is that in the daylight I will lift the bonnet and see that under the battery the slave cylinder has died (it's had ratty rubber gator for months). I was just curious if I can replace this, top up with new fluid, and bleed the clutch, without needing to bleed each corner on the brakes too?