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Hydraulic fluid, where is it going?

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Hey all,

My '03 996TT has been a wonderful daily driver up until the clutch started to stiffen up this weekend. Following the instructions in the manual, I checked the hydraulic fluid level and the dipstick was dry. The car had it's annual service in August and passed certification soon after that.

I'm assuming there's a leak, but there is no fluid on the garage, no smoke (or fires for that matter) from the engine bay and no residue around the area where there was a known issue with a loose fitting. Anywhere else I should be looking to help out the service guys?

Car is going in for service in a couple of days.

Thanks all

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What dip stick are you talking about? I believe the clutch reservoir is the same as the brake reservoir which does not have a dipstick. If you are talking about the one in the engine compartment that is the power steering fluid.

What do you mean by stiffening up? Are you saying the effort is greater now?

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No clue since I am a Boxster guy.

All I know is that the turbo has a power assisted clutch. There is a separate reservoir for the clutch, but it uses Pentosin power steering fluid, not brake fluid. The reservoir for the power assisted clutch has the green cap, which is next to the blue cap for the washers. You have to remove the plastic cover next to the battery to get to the green cap.

I have a turbo owners manual and it does say to check the dip stick in the engine compartment for the power steering and clutch. I assume the power steering pump is also for the clutch. No clue why there is also a reservoir in the front of the car. It is not mentioned in the owners manual.

Let us know what is turns out to be.


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The car spent the day in the shop, no leaks found. The level of fluid in the front green capped reservoir was okay. The level for the power steering/clutch (?) was low and topped off.

I didn't get a chance to ask about why the manual says to check the engine compartment dipstick when the clutch reservoir is in the front.

The clutch is easier to push in now, either that or my left leg got stronger.

Thanks all

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