In Reply to: Re: slave cylinder on clutch posted by Clement Schmitt on March 08, 2000 at 01:42:23:
: You should be able to slip it out toward the rear of the car.
I'm guessing that Clement really meant to say that you should be able to slip it toward the front of the car, since that's the way it goes.
You do need to release the circlip if you want it to move. Also, if its the original one, its probably pretty-well stuck inside its hole (there's nothing there to stop it from spinning except corrosion). As Clement said, spray alot of PB Blaster in there. Then, get a hand sledge and start-a-pounding (this assumes you'll be replacing the slave cylinder -- only about $30) -- again, after you've removed the circlip. It will eventually come out. Clean-out the hole and put some anti-seize in there to make next time easier.
If you don't want to replace the slave, you'll still have to remove the circlip, as the other side of the SC has a metal clip that works like a spring to keep the whole device under tension when the circlip is installed, making rotation rather difficult (unless you've already done the aforementioned anti-seize step).