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Clutch cable snapped on my s reg ford escort 1.6

I need to know how the cable is connected to the clutch pedal.

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  • Anonymous Nov 30, 2008

    i think the bolt is snapped that is on my clutch pedel as it went with a crack and now the pedel doesnt have any spring in it at all,

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Nipple on top of pedal to release mechanism their is alan key head behind pedal just unwind it the with pedal down drop new cable nipple into the slot thingy.this model doesnt take long compared with old plastic auto adjust type .look at it and you will soon sus it out a 10 min job

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I need to adjust my clutch



Pre 1997/9 models of Fords were self-adjusting via the clutch-foot-pedal. The pedal engages a ratchet system called the QUADRANT & PAWL and is part of the pedal. The mechanism is very similar on older Ford models of: Escort, Fiesta, Sierra, Granada, Transit & others. Newer vehicles may have a Hydraulic Clutch from 1997/9 onwards, and these work differently from the cable & pully mechanism. Clutch-fluid can be bled to improve the ability to operate the clutch, however this is not necessarily a method of adjusting the clutch.

If your reading this article because you have a broken clutch-pedal then please read on.

If when pressing the foot-pedal it feels like cable is broken, or pedal is loose, ...This is symptomatic of failure of the QUADRANT & PAWL 'ratchet' mechanism due to wear of teeth on the ratchet.

In some cases the pedal fails to pull the clutch out far enough to change gear, and may make a 'springing noise'. This is due to slippage on some worn ratchet-teeth, but the mechanism has not reached full failure.
There are 2 ways to remedy the fault.

1. Change the Quadrant & Pawl, using only genuine Ford parts. #Beware of inferior mouldings that are not up to standard e.g. too soft, and do not trust 'pattern-parts' on ebay etc.

2. SHORTEN THE CABLE.
  • Disconnect the FOOT-PEDAL-SPRING to release the slack normally taken up by the 'Quadrant & Pawl' (ratchet) which is faulty.
  • Remove end of nipple from clutch-cable (engine-end).
  • Fill slack with bolts & washers or other filler.
  • Drill hole in LARGE nut & bolt (like split pin but inverted).
  • FIT NUT & BOLT TO REMAINING PART OF CLUTCH-CABLE NIPPLE.

ONLY CUT VERY END OF CABLE-NIPPLE LEAVING AS MUCH CRIMP AS POSSIBLE, ...then clamp the nut & bolt over the crimp. This is less likely to slip or even cut cable.

Clutch-cable should be able to be re-fitted without tools or tensioning the clutch-arm. Final tension of cable should leave CLUTCH ARM & CABLE SLIGHTLY LOOSE.

NOTE : Overadjustment of clutch can cause damage. Therfore only remove a minimum of slack from the cable.

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R reg, 1.6i zetec escort estate finesse, clutch peddle constantly deppresed, suspect peddle mechanism not clutch!! how can i reset clutch peddle???


You might have a broken cable or the clutch pedal is broken at the top.Unless it a hydraulic clutch and the fluid level is low.

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I have a ford escort 1.6 r reg. the clutch biteing point is very high ...do i need a new clutch?


if its a cable clutch,could be its stretched and you can adjust it.if its a hydraulic type it warns you when it starts to slip to replace it asap.would you believe ford do use both,depends on the factory where it was built.

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I have a 1998 ford escort cx wagon, the clutch has broke..is it possible it could be the cable? does it have a cable? or is it a hydraulic clutch? or would I need to replace the clutch? :-)


Hi!
There may be a possibility the cable has snapped, however Ford used a ratchet and pawl set up on the Escort which is made of plastic! when it reaches its full tension (Self Adjusting) it can break leaving you with a baggy soppy floppy clutch pedal. So a clutch replacement is NOT required!
If the cable has broken you should be able to see from under the Bonnet/hood as it is situated on top of the gearbox Bell housing. Again a Clutch is NOT needed.
Hope this sorts it?
Press the Blue Button please to appraise my FREE! Effort.
Thank You!
Paul 'W' U.K.

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Hi Stu!
The problems lies with clutch operation, Not having much to do with Fiesta's but sorting similar problems classic Ford vehicles.
I take it the clutch is operated Via a cable? on recent Fords they use a plastic Ratchet and Pawl system which automatically adjusts when cable stretches.
This may have reached its maximum so a replacement is required, also would be adviseable to change the cable too.
Have you a decent spares stockist's local? Halfords can help but you'll need to take out a Mortgage for their parts.
So Shopping list, 1. Auto adjuster (Ratchet/Pawl) 2. Clutch Cable, 3 Lube for cable and shaft on pedal assembly and 4 Haynes Manual.
Good Luck Stu!
You can do this I know you can.
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