Clutch Slave Cylinder Behavior

Greetings. The clutch pedal on my 2014 Subaru Crosstrek was occasionally not returning after being pressed. My dealer diagnosed a bad master cylinder. But I’m also skeptical of the slave because I can wiggle the rod from the slave that pushes against the clutch fork from side to side. Does anyone know if this side to side movement is normal? The dealer thinks the slave is fine based on the fact that they don’t see any leaks.

Listen to the dealer.


The small side to side play is normal. If you are worried about it, just tell the dealer to replace if anyway.

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Thanks! The dealer wants an additional $250 to replace it, which I think is too much since the car is already torn apart and will be bled to replace the master. MSRP on the slave is only $70.