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Old 05-17-2010, 07:22 PM   #1
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clutch engagement problems

ok so i have a 1996 v6 stang. just recently i was driving and began having problems with my clutch/tranny. i had to have it brought home on a flat bed because now when i turn the car on and begin to fully depress the clutch the car will keep running without giving any gas(extreme slippage?). and the clutch pedal feels extremely weird. i have no idea whats wrong. (the clutch was just replaced 6 months ago but my father had never done a manual tranny before so we were un aware that u should get the fly wheel re-surfaced, is it cuz the flywheel?)
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whats wrong with my clutch?

ok so i have a 1996 v6 stang. just recently i was driving and began having problems with my clutch/tranny. i had to have it brought home on a flat bed because now when i turn the car on and begin to fully depress the clutch the car will keep running without giving any gas(extreme slippage?). and the clutch pedal feels extremely weird. i have no idea whats wrong. when it started to happen there was a quite squeel(throw out bearing?). (the clutch was just replaced 6 months ago but my father had never done a manual tranny before so we were un aware that u should get the fly wheel re-surfaced, is it cuz the flywheel?)

im new to the me forums and am looking for some help. i dont know a lot about cars but i know the basics. if there is anything else you need to know just ask me.

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Re: clutch engagement problems

check your clutch cable and make sure its not sliped off the fork arm on the tranny, check the fork arm and make srue its on the pivot ball stud in the bell housing still and the motion of pushing in the petal slides the fork correctly.

Shine a light up in the bell housing where the fork arm is and inspect the throwout bearing.

Make sure the clutch cable is attached correctly to the clutch quadrent under the dash (above where the gas petal is where it comes into the firewall)

If all that checks out you may have to pull the transmission again.
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Re: clutch engagement problems

alrighty sir i really apreciate it. ill check it out tomorrow cuz i work tonight. then ill let you know.
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Re: clutch engagement problems

also, by "feels weird" what do you mean vs normal feeling
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Re: whats wrong with my clutch?

First thing I would check is to pull up on the clutch pedal until you feel it click...this is the factory adjustment.

If no difference there check the cable to see if it might have broken. If you can't find any bad spots move on to the next step.

Pull the inspection cover on the transmission and see if you find anything out of order.

If all else fails pull the transmission and have a look from there.

As far as the flywheel goes, I normally recommend having it resurfaced if possible when doing a clutch change. I don't see that causing the issues you are describing however.
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also, by "feels weird" what do you mean vs normal feeling
more stiff and not smooth like before the incident
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Re: clutch engagement problems

I merged your two threads - you will get a better response with one thread.
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First thing I would check is to pull up on the clutch pedal until you feel it click...this is the factory adjustment.
ok so i did this and i was able to drive it! but it worries me because it sounds like as it engages there is some slipping but it doesnt feel like it at all.
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Re: clutch engagement problems

I'd check your cable, sounds like it is either wearing thin in a spot or might be stretched. The thing I told you to try is the factory adjustment for the cable wearing out over time.
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I'd check your cable, sounds like it is either wearing thin in a spot or might be stretched. The thing I told you to try is the factory adjustment for the cable wearing out over time.
ok so i need to get another cable installed asap before it gets me stranded?
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Re: clutch engagement problems

it can either be the cable or the fork sliding on the input shaft retainer bearing sleeve. A cable (OEM one) is cheap so just pick one up and give it a try and see if that helps, after installed leave the cover part off the clutch cable where it attaches to the tranny and get someone to listen as you push the petal in for noises or watch the fork move and look for issues as it could be messed up or misaligned etc (slide off the pivot ball stud or loose)

When putting the new clutch on the stock quadrant make sure you lift up on the clutch petal and you can get under there and see how it auto adjusts and get it to go back to stock, once you undo the clutch cable try not to touch the clutch petal if you can. As said lifting up on the clutch petal after the cable is re attached to everything should auto adjust itself, if not you can force it by tinkinering with the gears on the quadrant under the dash.
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