Question about 2001 Ford Escape
Clutch will not grab until pedal is released completely. This started happening just all of a sudden, one minute it was fine then it was doing this. Prior to that the clutch would begin to grab when pedal was about half way out. The clutch was completely replaced 2 years ago and only has 40k miles on it. The slave cylinder is pushing the release fork like it should. But release isn't the problem. Could the slave cylinder be hanging up and not completely retracting which would keep pressure on the fork and not allow the pressure plate to fully engage the disk with enough pressure to keep it from slipping. There are no unusual noises or smells coming from the clutch.
Two things, first does it slip at all? If you put it in high gear and hammer it, does the engine rev up? If so, you may have a spring problem causing the clutch to not fully contact the pressure plate and will result in this problem.
Is the fluids in the master cylinder full? Do you have a leak? Bad pressure? I'd check those before going on to more difficult remedies.
Personally, by the way you're describing it, I'd say it's a spring. Especially since it's engaging and disengaging correctly. Maybe an adjuster somewhere came loose? I'm not sure with the Explorer, but I know my friends `00 F-150 had an adjuster snap causing a very similar problem but the clutch just wouldn't grab at all due to his problem.
Posted on Sep 30, 2008
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