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My clutch slave cylinder failed at 1080 miles. While in 1st gear and clutch pedal was pushed in it took off. Dealer said clutch slave came apart and piston popped out. It knocked off the inspection cover too. Has this happened to anyone else out here with an SRT-4? The part number for the clutch slave cylinder is dealer part number 5037339AA it is on nation wide back order http://www.cardomain.com/member_pages/view_page.pl?page_id=316597&page=7


Here is the picture of what happened at the above link. :shock:
 

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Hope they revise the clutch slave cylinder and make it stronger. This problems should make the 2004 SRT-4 a bit better.
 

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Damn that suxs, I hope more of those don't happen around here.
 

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ha i knew that was you .. welcome to the boards kf6pe :twisted:
 

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this is pecisely why i hate hydraulic clutches but then again there are way too many woozies who cant handle having to put some effort into the pedal. What you do trade off is feel when you go Hydraulic and trust me you will never know the status of the clutch till its gone
 

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i have a 2000 and went on vacation this past week, 750 miles either way, drove my friend's 2000 r/t

shifts in his are much smoother (not the way he drives it though!)
and the pedal feels consistent all the way through, vastly different from my 2000. don't know which i like better though, i really enjoy the way mine works, but i like how smooth shifts are in his (that is they require less effort, i can of course make smooth shifts in my car, im just commenting on how easy it is to get in and make it like butter with no practice.)
 

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This is quite possibly a bad part from the factory as opposed to a bad design on the clutch. Most failures that happen under 5000 miles are always due to a bad assembly. If we start seeing more problems like this one, DCX will look for a pattern. They track parts like this to know what date the clutch was assembled and what vins those parts were put into. If the notice that some operator misassembled a bunch of parts all on the same day, DCX will notify those owners to check out their parts.
 

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Just got back from the dealer. They called me and told me to come in and that the clutch slave had arrived and wanted to do the work right away so I left work and got down there.
They replaced the slave but the clutch pedal did not work. After a moment we discovered that the clutch master failed causing the slave to over extend. So now I am waiting for the clutch master and hayward Dodge is really doing a great job with this problem being it is a new model with no history.
If this happens to your SRT-4 Neon you are going to need a CLUTCH MASTER part no. 5037340AA You will also need a CLUTCH SLAVE part no. 5037339AA.
I was told that the clutch master is the sameone used in the Viper. A specialist at the dealership told me this.
I hope that no one will need this info but it is good to know incase someone needs it. It can save somebody a bit of time or you can even make sure your dealer orders these parts for their stock so you will not have to wait as long as I have.
I was told that thus far including my SRT-4 the total is 4 that have had this failure across the United States.
While I was there I took several pictures of the underside while it was up on the rack. Now I know why the passenger side pipe puts out more exhaust.
 

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Don't get me started on hydraulic clutches! F-Bodies have em and man are they a pain. It's all about the bleed. Any air in the line and your clutch will never work right. I'm really surprised they went the hydraulic clutch route with the SRT-4 since cable clutches are generally better, more reliable, and I would think cheaper for the manufacturer. But who knows, Dodge made that decisiuon for a reason. Perhaps hydraulics are better at handling beefier pressure plates and that's what the SRT-4 requires.

Having dealt with my own hydraulic clutch demons, I don't envy you new guys any ;) Good luck. If you guys try this on your own shoot me an e-mail I have a ton of experience with my own.

Mike
 

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well at least its good new right :(
 

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I hope so. Just really hate getting my hopes up and then having Lucie pull the football away before I can kick it each time. When I get a chance I will post the underside shots. I can see that there is a lot of room for improving the exhaust. The oil cooler adapter is pretty cool too.
 

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havnt even jacked the thign up yet .. ill get to it when i install my bov
 
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