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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?

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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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