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Re: need to replace the clutch
When you buy the new clutch assembly , ask - make sure the little tool is in the box to release the hydraulic line at the slave cylinder , you don't wont to loose prime in the hydraulic system , that would be time consuming ,otherwise its a normal job, if you have never released a hydraulic line from the ford slave cylinder before , it is tricky , ask the parts man to show you a slave unit and explain how it releases . you will be thankful in the end .
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is it full of freon? if so it could be that you just need to change the magnetic clutch which is a lot simpler job and cheaper too. get a book first so you have referance pull the belt off pull the nut in the center of the ac compressor make shure that you know what the clearance is betwean the clutch and the compressor it has shims and is imperative that the clearance is right you will need measurment tools feeler gages work best but befor you do any of this you need to make sure there is power and ground going to the two wire conector going to the clutch it wont get power till you turn the ac on or the computer tells it to run for the interior eco system so a magnetic cluch will not turn on if there is no signal resulting in the compressor not terning making the ac not work but its fairly simple to do and 900 is a dicent price at a shop but they would probably charge you for the whole compressor and charging the system and it was only a cluch if there is freon and the compressor isnt siezed and theres signal and ground change the clutch
this sounds like the throwout breaing is going or gone bad and may have lost it purpose of controling the pressure plate, by not being able to select a gear tells me something has gone bad in the clutch system like the bearing which pushes the pressure plate to release the cluch which allow ****** to stop spinning so that the gear can be selected. the repair for this would be to replace the clutch kit. the clutch pack will come with new bearing clutch disc and pressure plate and if needed a polit bushing, the whining noise was a warning that something in the cluch system was going bad.
Do you have a hydraulic clutch (is there a clutch fluid reservoir)? Most cars made in the last 20 years are hydraulic. If so, there are no adjustments to be made, and it simply means the friction material on your clutch disc is worn out and the disc needs replaced. It's best to machine the pressure plate as well, or replace it. Most good clutch kits come with a clutch disc, pressure plate, and throwout bearing. The surface of the flywheel will need inspected as well to check for cracks or glazing. Having it machined is always a good idea while you're in there. It's a lengthy job to do at home, and an expensive one if taken to a shop. The labor and cost involved depends on the model of your vehicle.
The cluch not fully disingaging , ( carpet under the pedel, pedel bent , bushing worn out of pedal, low on fluild in clutch master ( brake fluid ) and bad cluch master or slave or air in system. A damaged clutch will drag too. If it shifts OK with the car shut off standing still trans lube is likly OK too. If it has a clutch cable it may need to be adjusted pull up on the clutch pedal as high as it can go then pust down with your hand it should only go down an inch before it gets harder to pust down as it openes the clutch and shoul continue to go down about 4 or more inches. The pedal should be as high or a little higher than the break paedal. If not the pedal height may be needing to be adjusted higher. Some slave master hydrolic sysems aren't adjusted and have to be replaced to fix lack of enought movement Clutes that are hard to pust in or get much harder as you get closer to the floor the cluch is likly to be worn out and need to be changed with a new clutch kit and resurface the flywheel. The flywheel can change to unflatand the cluch can drag. engine oil getting into the clutch though a leak in the valve cover or rear main can get on the cluch and make it drag and grab.
Confirm if it is standard or automatic. If it is standard adjust cluch cable or replace clutch. It sounds though it is automatic??? If it is it is the reverse clutch band that may need attention, ( not a job for a novice. )
aftermarket clutch kits for this vehicle run $500-750 and about the same for labor to remove transmission and service clutch and plate...allow $1500 for this repair.Dealer price for parts and labor could double this estimate...good luck
the radiator fan is mounted to the clutch, in other words remove the bolts / nuts that is holding the fan assembly to the water pump usually just four nuts once you pull the fan assembly the part that yo seperated from the water pump is the clutch, now remove the fan blades and mount thm on the new clutch assembly the piece which mounts tt the water ump is the fan clutch
clutch systems bleed just like brakes, if you have an external leak at the clutch master cylinder, then bleeding will be difficult, it should be replaced. I use a two person bleeding system, I fill the master, crack the bleeder screw open and have my 2nd push the clutch down and hold it, then I close the bleeder and tell my 2nd to release the pedal, repeat until no air is present.