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How to install a clutch ratchet for ford escort van

I have a escort van 1.8 d i try to install a clutch ratchet but i cany get my head around it, can you please help me thanks

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  • mani1 Jun 19, 2008

    how to install a clutch ratchet for ford escort van 1.8

  • crt1983 Oct 04, 2008

    hi my machanic believes the clutch ratchet is plastic and is not strong enough to hold the preassure and as a result has snapped. he fixed it once and it snapped the same day. now ive been without a van for nearly 3 months and am not getting answers apart from hes running out of ideas. the part come from ford and thats what its designed to do can i get a metal part or something. i cant understand how its not strong enough for my van but yet every other van in the country has 1. coludnt the clutch be loosened or something to accommodate for the preassure even though its not that heavy on clutch.i have asked him 2 put a new arm on as a different mechanic told me it was stiff when i had a new clutch fitted a couple of months earlier. he gives me answers that dont get me anywhere and want change the arm. can someone give me advice please. sorry its a ford escort van 2000

  • geo3d Mar 13, 2009

    i cannot get the old ratchet out of my ford escort

  • Richard Perkins
    Richard Perkins May 11, 2010

    Hi there!

    Is this the self-adjusting clutch cable? Or have you stripped the gearbox off it?

    Thanks - the more info we get, the better the answer.



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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.

Very best regards


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    Oops sorry, I didn't mean to press the 'unhelpful' button - this comment is extremely HELPFUL. Thank you!


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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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I would take the seat out,gives you a bit more space

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