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How much does it cost to replace the clutch master cylinder?

The total cost to replace your clutch master cylinder averages $251—parts are about $110, while mechanic labor costs around $141. Remember, this is just an estimate—the cost of your clutch master cylinder replacement may vary based on your vehicle’s make and model and where you have the service done.
How long does it take to replace the clutch master cylinder? A certified mechanic can replace your clutch master cylinder in about 1.2 hours hours. A mechanic will inspect the clutch master cylinder for visible signs of leakage, check the mounting hardware, and then prepare the vehicle to replace the damaged part if needed.
Here’s an overview of the clutch master cylinder replacement costs for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 26, 2024
Mini Cooper
$198
$63
$135
1.1 Hours
May 21, 2024
Mercedes-Benz E
$178
$63
$116
1.1 Hours
May 17, 2024
Volvo XC60
$186
$63
$123
1.1 Hours
May 15, 2024
Honda Passport
$204
$63
$141
1.1 Hours
May 14, 2024
Saab 9-7X
$186
$63
$123
1.1 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my clutch master cylinder replacement and how much do those parts cost?

The clutch master cylinder is a single part, meaning that if it’s damaged or breaks, it’s generally the only part you’ll need to replace. However, because the master cylinder is connected to a reservoir that stores brake fluid and the clutch slave cylinder through hoses, any damaged pieces connecting to it may also need to be replaced.
The average cost for parts to replace the clutch master cylinder is between $138.66 and $169.48, but you could pay more or less depending on the part needed for your vehicle’s make and model.
If you’re changing the master cylinder yourself, you may also need some additional tools and equipment: 
  • Wrench set
  • Boxed end wrenches
  • Brass punch
  • Breaker bar
  • Fastener remover
  • Ratchet 
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Torques bit set
  • Torque wrench
  • Vampire pump and bottle
You can purchase a clutch master cylinder for your car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto. Three brands we recommend for clutch master cylinder parts are Centric Parts, Dorman, and ACDelco. However, the best part and brand for your clutch master cylinder replacement will vary based on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
Replacing the clutch master cylinder is usually simple and inexpensive, depending on the vehicle. Still, like any other component of the clutch system, the clutch master cylinder can exhibit an array of faults, so it’s important to understand what went wrong before attempting to change it.
The clutch system is an important component of a manual transmission, and specific parts are required for proper clutch engagement and adjustment. Most experts recommend buying OEM parts, as they’re generally higher quality, are manufactured to OEM specifications, and come with a warranty. While an aftermarket master cylinder might cost less upfront, you may run into problems down the road if the fit isn’t correct.

Where can I get my clutch master cylinder replaced?

Changing the clutch master cylinder on your vehicle is a relatively simple DIY job, but not everyone is comfortable doing their own mechanic work. But for those who aren’t super car-savvy or comfortable under the hood, finding a reputable and trusted automotive repair shop can be tricky—especially if you don’t have a go-to mechanic in your area. 
Luckily, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
makes things easy! You can compare repair service rates from over 2,500 reputable auto repair shops nationwide in seconds.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from repair shops using their actual hourly labor rate. You can also determine whether you need to budget for diagnostic fees and read actual reviews from real customers to help you choose the best service.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car repair costs in your area.
103 Reviews
Woodlawn Auto Center
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5634 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Springfield, VA
Clutch Master Cylinder Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$249
(Parts - $154, Labor - $95)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$120
115 Reviews
University Tire & Auto Service
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2908 Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Clutch Master Cylinder Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$312
(Parts - $154, Labor - $158)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$180
174 Reviews
Yoo's Auto Service & Collision
address
189 W Duncannon Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Clutch Master Cylinder Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$243
(Parts - $154, Labor - $89)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
190 Reviews
LBR Auto Repair
address
13030 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA
Clutch Master Cylinder Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$298
(Parts - $154, Labor - $144)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$159
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Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my clutch master cylinder?

If you’re taking your car to the shop for a clutch master cylinder replacement, these are the main steps a mechanic will take: 
  • Open the hood
    and locate the clutch master cylinder
  • Visually inspect the cylinder for leakage or damage
  • Check the mounting hardware
  • Raise the vehicle using a carjack
  • Drain the brake fluid from the fluid reservoir
  • Remove the clutch master cylinder, hydraulic line, and slave cylinder
  • Re-install a new clutch master cylinder 
  • Fill the reservoir with brake fluid
  • Test the clutch pedal and test drive the vehicle

What happens if I don’t replace my clutch master cylinder?

The outcome of not replacing your clutch master cylinder will depend on the problem. If the master cylinder fails, you won’t be able to drive your car, as you cannot change gears. That can interfere with how well your car shifts and affect how much control you have over the vehicle, which can be dangerous on the road. If you notice any signs that your master cylinder is failing, see a mechanic as soon as possible.

What is a clutch master cylinder?

The clutch master cylinder is an important component of the braking system in cars with a manual transmission. It is located inside the engine bay of your car and is the smaller of the two cylinders connected to the car's firewall in front of the steering column. The master cylinder is connected to the clutch slave cylinder through several hoses. When you engage the clutch pedal, brake fluid moves from the clutch master cylinder into the slave cylinder, applying the necessary pressure to move the clutch. 
The clutch master cylinder holds the brake fluid for when the clutch is pressed down. This way, brake fluid is always ready for your vehicle to operate smoothly.
During a clutch master cylinder replacement, a mechanic will remove the faulty master cylinder and replace it with a new one, being careful not to damage other parts of the clutch system.

How do I know if my clutch master cylinder needs replacing?

The clutch master cylinder is in constant use, which means it can easily become worn out, leak, or become damaged over time. Here are some of the most common symptoms of a bad clutch master cylinder: 
  • You cannot shift gears
  • Brake fluid is leaking around the clutch pedal
  • The clutch pedal feels spongy and can be pressed to the floor
  • There is a loud noise when you disengage the clutch pedal 
  • Low brake fluid level
  • Difficulty changing gears
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to have your car checked by a mechanic immediately.

How often should you replace the clutch master cylinder?

The clutch master cylinder has internal and external seals that can wear out and eventually fail. When this happens, you’ll notice brake fluid dripping from the clutch master cylinder, and the clutch won’t work correctly. Because the clutch master cylinder is used every time you press the clutch pedal, driving more frequently can cause it to wear out faster.
On average, the clutch master cylinder has a lifespan of around 100,000 to 150,000 miles, but how long it lasts depends on factors like driving conditions and vehicle usage. 
It’s a good idea to have your clutch master cylinder inspected when your car is serviced to prevent issues from arising. 

Can I replace the clutch master cylinder myself?

For drivers looking to
save money on car expenses
, taking on a DIY clutch master cylinder replacement can help you save a significant amount. Replacing it isn’t an overly difficult job, but you’ll need to know what you’re doing. Before starting, refer to your owner's manual and ensure you're working on the correct area of your engine. Taking out the wrong part can have disastrous results and cost more money. 
If you can't identify the clutch master cylinder and don't know much about car repairs and maintenance, it’s a good idea to let the professionals handle the clutch master cylinder replacement.

FAQs

The average cost to replace a brake master cylinder is around $251. However, the cost can vary based on the vehicle. Some special and high-performance models could have higher replacement costs.
The most common reason a clutch master cylinder fails is due to dirty or contaminated fluid. This can impair the function of the fluid. The master cylinder is also subject to a lot of wear and tear, and the seals keeping it sealed can become worn and leak, causing issues with its function.
The average clutch master cylinder lasts about 100,000 to 150,000 miles, but your lifespan may vary based on driving conditions and usage.

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