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I have a ford fiesta 1997 and the clutch has gone, I need to know weither it is a hydrualic or cable clutch, can you help?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    escorts use a cable

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You might be able to check through your VIN number. Call your local dealership, talk to the parts department and give them the vin number.

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