This guide will show you how to upgrade your clutch line on a MK7 Golf with a manual transmission. Improve clutch feel with this easy modification, however get your paper towel as this job can get messy!

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Tools/Parts Required

  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Torx Set
  • DOT4 Brake Fluid
  • Braided Clutch Line
  • Brake Bleeder Kit

Step 1

For this task the battery and air intake need to be removed. To remove the intake, unscrew as shown and release the clamp connected to the piping.

Step 2

Next, remove the screws shown by the red arrows. The air intake can then be removed.

Pull firmly upwards on the filter housing, which will release the rubber grommets. One is circled in green for reference. Once disengaged, wriggle the whole unit out of the vehicle.

Step 3

Now the battery and battery tray need to be removed. First, disconnect the negative and positive battery terminals.

Step 4

Remove this bolt and release the battery holder.

Step 5

Slide the battery towards the front of the car and lift out of the vehicle.

Step 6

Unbolt the battery tray. It is held in place with four bolts as shown.

Step 7

Now you can see the clutch line. First we will disconnect the end closest to the firewall.

Step 8

Using a flathead screwdriver, release the metal clip holding the clutch line in place. It simply lifts up, however does not need to be completely removed.

You can now pull out the clutch line and connect the braided line in place.

Take Note: Once the clutch line is disconnected, it will start to drip. Prepare yourself with a substantial number of cloths and a container to catch the fluid.

Step 9

Place another cloth under the other end of the clutch line and release the clip attached to the bleeder. Remove the OEM clutch line and connect the braided line.

If you can complete this in one swift movement you will reduce the amount of brake fluid spillage.

Step 10

Connect a brake bleeder kit and commence the bleeding process. This is done as follows:

  1. Open the brake fluid reservoir and ensure the fluid is at the MAX line.
  2. Crack open the bleeder valve 1/8th of a turn.
  3. With the assistance of a friend, depress the clutch pedal whilst watching the fluid flow into the bleeder kit. You will bubbles in the fluid.
  4. Close the bleeder valve.
  5. With your hand, pull up the clutch pedal which would have become ‘stuck’ on the firewall.
  6. Top up the fluid reservoir, back to the MAX line.
  7. Repeat these steps until no more bubbles are flowing out of the bleeder valve.

Step 11

The installation is now complete. If at any stage your clutch feels odd, or becomes stuck, bleed the fluid again as there is likely bubbles in the system.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Dave

    Which stainless clutch line did you use on this install?

    1. Staff @ AutoInstruct

      This is the line from USP Motorsports.

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