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Re: how to install a clutch ratchet for ford escort van
If its the self adjusting pawl and ratchet on the pedal you're on about then its a nightmare, and your life will be so much easier if you actually remove the pedal assembly, fit the pawl and ratchet to it, and then refit the pedal assembly.
I think there are about 4 or 5 bolts if I'm not mistaken, a couple or three inside the car and a couple or three under the bonnet on the bulk head.
Once you've got the pedals off all will become clear.
Re: how to install a clutch ratchet for ford escort van
If its mk3or4 you take the bar out that holds the clutch and brake peddlle......if it keeps happening it could be the clutch cable or the presser plate on clutch......the ratchet brakes if any of them happen ie cable or plate ....
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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.
No your escort has a clutch cable, it is on the year change point between shapes but if it is the older shape then you have what is called a ratchet and pawl mechinism for self adjustment of the cable, these are however prone to failure and not the easiest job to change. If you have a later shape escort then your clutch cable is adjust by means of a 6mm allen head type screw on the clutch pedal.
You don't, not the head gasket anyway. You should always replace the gasket with a new one. You can use a cylinder head off one vehicle for another as long as it's the same engine. But have the head checked by a automotive machine shop prior to installation so it can be checked for cracks and warpage.
the self adjust mechanism is made up of two pieces a pawl and ratchet.
removing them is more awkward than difficult.
you need to remove the clutch pedal by knocking out the pivot shaft that also supports the brake pedal just knock it out far enough to remove the clutch pedal after removing the clip.
when the pedal is out you will see how it is assembled.
the hardest part of the job is replacing the spring which is attached to the pedal this must be hooked back into the pedal last i find a strong piece
of wire threaded through the hole in the pedal does the trick
this is a job for someone who has some experience good luck
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.
you might have to use a rounded shaft screwdriver or similer to hold the quadrant back against the spring. Once on the pin the clutch is self adjusting and will be heard to ratchet up on first operation of clutch pedal.
Escort Van? Never saw one. Best thing to do is get on www.partsamerica.com and type in your vehicle info. Choose the clutch section and you will see cable or hydraulic. I've never seen it with both listed.