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Old 03-19-2014, 12:05 PM   #1
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Question Clutch Cable adjustment?

Hey everyone. 88 mustang 5.0 lx 5 speed manual(obviously). I need to adjust my clutch cable because I have to literally push in my clutch pedal to the floor to get into gear. Sometimes when I even go all the way to the floor, Its hard to get into 1st and I have to shove it into first. How do I adjust the cable so that I can push in the clutch normally to shift without jamming the pedal to the floor? Please dont say my bearing is bad, because it isnt. I purchased the car in november and it has a new clutch and cable that the original owner put in. How do I adjust my clutch so that it will engage normally(im guessing normal is a little more than halfway down?) ?

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Have u checked to see if there is an adjustment nut on the back of the clutch
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:14 PM   #3
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Have u checked to see if there is an adjustment nut on the back of the clutch
Behind the clutch pedal? Or by the firewall? I have no clue on how to adjust it, I've never had to adjust a clutch so I came to you guys because I didnt want to mess it up lol
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Check both places there's only like 7 inches of gap there and if it has one u should see it but normally it's behind the pedal
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Check both places there's only like 7 inches of gap there and if it has one u should see it but normally it's behind the pedal
I didnt see it behind the pedal but ill have to double check, I only quickly looked. As for under the hood this is all I found by the firewall. Like in the picture ive attached.
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Is that yellow piece threaded or is it just a gromet...... If it's not there there will be an adjustment nut on the outside of the tranny itself.... I'm assuming u have a t5
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Follow the clutch cable to the transmission. Maybe you can adjust it there? You can buy an aftermarket quadrant and firewall adjuster with a new cable. I believe steeda makes some, I had one on my 96 before I got my 02. I could do fine adjustments at the firewall by just turning it. Big adjustments were done at the transmission. If they make this for yours I remember mine was very inexpensive
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It's on the tranny
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Thanks guys for clearing that. Yes you should be able to just turn that nut to tighten the cable so I would say turn it to the right to tighten.
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It's on the tranny
I guess I will just have to follow the cable to the tranny... And then adjust it there. But which way do I turn the nut for adjustment?.. As for the firewall I think that plastic is it.
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Turning to the right will bring it up, turning to the left will take it closer to the floor.
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Turning to the right will bring it up, turning to the left will take it closer to the floor.
So turning it to the right (essentially tightening it) will make the clutch engage further away from the floor?
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That is correct

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Unless it's reverse thread but u only have two choices lol so just play with it till u get it where u want
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That is correct

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Unless it's reverse thread but u only have two choices lol so just play with it till u get it where u want
That's it? Lol so turn it a bit and take it for a ride? And pretty much keep doing that until I like where it is? Cool sounds easy enough to me.
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:58 PM   #16
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Yup that's all there is too it ..... U should be able to tell a difference immediately without even driving it anywhere
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Let us know how it works out for ya man
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Old 03-20-2014, 05:56 PM   #18
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Let us know how it works out for ya man
So I looked under my tranny for that cable in the picture and I literally didn't find anything...
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:39 PM   #19
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Unless you have a adjustable cable it won't look anything like the attachment posted above.
Crawl under your car look at the bell housing now look on the drives side of the bell housing and you'll see a black cover with a bolt remove the bolt and under cover is where the clutch cable attaches to the throwout bearing arm.
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:40 PM   #20
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And under that cover where it connects to the throw out bearing arm there should be an adjustment nut but I was under the impression that's where u make big adjustments there should be a place to make minor adjustments at the firewall
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And under that cover where it connects to the throw out bearing arm there should be an adjustment nut but I was under the impression that's where u make big adjustments there should be a place to make minor adjustments at the firewall
From everything I've read and the picture that antnvlz1294 posted of his fire wall he has the stock clutch cable not an adjustable cable.
Assuming that antnvlz1294 has the stock clutch cable and not the adjustable cable what he needs to do for the stock cable adjustment is raise up on the clutch pedal and this will adjust the stock cable.
The stock cable will look like this and as you can see there is not adjusting nut on the stock clutch cable.
Mustang Stock Replacement Clutch Cable (82-93) 5.0 - LatemodelRestoration.com

The adjustable clutch cable has the nut on the end that goes threw the throw out bearing arm.
Steeda Mustang Adjustable Clutch Cable (82-95) 1720000 - LatemodelRestoration.com

This is what Steeda recommends if you're using an adjustable clutch cable
Adjustable Cable
1) At the bellhousing, remove the plastic splash shield. Use a prybar to slacken the clutch
cable and disconnect it from the clutch fork. Remove the clip which holds the cable to
the bellhousing. In the engine compartment, disconnect the cable support bracket(s)
from the car. Disconnect the cable from the firewall.
2) Under the dash, pull the end of the cable loose from the quadrant and remove the cable
from the car.
3) Insert the end of the new cable through the firewall and bolt the cable to the firewall
with the factory screw. On some vehicles, the original cable will have two screws at
the firewall. In most cases this second screw is not used on the new cable. Hook the
cable over the end of the clutch quadrant.
4) Route the cable through the engine compartment to the bell housing. 1994-95 Mustangs
may need to follow a slightly different routing than stock to make the cable reach
without interference. Attach the cable support brackets.
5) Reconnect the clutch cable to the clutch fork.
6) Secure the cable away from hot engine parts and sharp edges with cable ties.
Note: Care must be taken to keep the cable away from long tube headers. Clutch cables
are not designed to withstand direct contact with exhaust components. Long tube
headers should be wrapped to keep radiant heat from damaging the cable.
7) Adjust the clutch cable by turning the ball nut with a wrench. Be sure the clutch fully
releases when the pedal is depressed, and the clutch is fully engaged with only light
tension on the cable when the pedal is released. Tighten the jam nut to lock your
adjustment in place.
Have someone step on the clutch while you check to make sure the clutch fork
does not bind against the bellhousing and the threaded rod does not bind against
the end of the cable-housing coming through the bellhousing..

Firewall Cable Adjuster
1) At the bellhousing, remove the plastic splash shield. Use a prybar to slacken the clutch
cable and disconnect it from the fork. Disconnect the cable from the firewall.
2) Pull the rubber bushing off of the end of the clutch cable where the cable meets the
firewall. File the 4 small bumps off of the end of the clutch cable (adjustable cables
and 82-93 stock cables only). Insert the clutch cable into the Cable Adjuster.
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Pry the metal flange which bolts to the firewall off of the cable. Unhook the
plastic coupler and pull it off the cable sheath. Cut through the coupler to
remove it from the cable. Pull the rubber bushing (which was under the
coupler) off of the cable. Place the bronze adapter bushing into the Cable
Adjuster. Insert the clutch cable into the Cable Adjuster.
3) Install the cable and Adjuster into the firewall and connect the cable to the Double
Hook Clutch Quadrant. Attach the cable to the hook closest to the firewall. Use a
small screw to attach the Cable Adjuster to the firewall.
4) Reconnect the clutch cable to the clutch fork.
5) Adjust the clutch by turning the Cable Adjuster. Be sure the clutch fully releases when
the pedal is depressed, and the clutch is fully engaged with light tension on the cable
when the pedal is released.
6) Lock the adjustment by tightening the set-screw on the Cable Adjuster with the 3/32”
Allen wrench. If you loose the set screw, a small dab of silicon
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Here are the two methods for adjusting the OEM Clutch Cable.
Clutch Adjustment

The standard procedure called out in your owner’s manual is to pull the clutch pedal back toward the driver’s seat. Sometimes this is referred to as "lifting" the clutch pedal since it is usually done with the toe of your shoe while you sit in the seat. This activates the self-adjusting mechanism and is generally fine for most people and is the procedure to use as the clutch wears normally.
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Aaand this is y I have an adjustable clutch lol
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Aaand this is y I have an adjustable clutch lol
I installed the Steeda adjustable clutch cable and fire wall adjuster in my car over 12 years ago and I've never had an issue with either.
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I would definitely be investing in a steeda or whatever brand really adjustable cable and firewall adjuster. That is if you want full control. They are amazing and very easy to install and adjust.
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Here are the two methods for adjusting the OEM Clutch Cable.
Clutch Adjustment

The standard procedure called out in your owner’s manual is to pull the clutch pedal back toward the driver’s seat. Sometimes this is referred to as "lifting" the clutch pedal since it is usually done with the toe of your shoe while you sit in the seat. This activates the self-adjusting mechanism and is generally fine for most people and is the procedure to use as the clutch wears normally.
I just pulled back the clutch pedal with my foot and then drove it. no difference lol...
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Cable may be frayed and thus stretching have u checked the entire cable
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Cable may be frayed and thus stretching have u checked the entire cable
Its not frayed or stretched. Cable is less than a year old. previous owner replaced cable and clutch.
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Aahhh that is a helpful piece of info.... Common problem it's possible he has the wrong clutch in there that will make the clutch very hard to put it into gear it will have almost no pressure until u are at the floor I know u don't wanna do this but u gotta make sure it's the correct pressure plate and throw out bearing
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And clutch
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Its not frayed or stretched. Cable is less than a year old. previous owner replaced cable and clutch.
Unelss he replaced it with an OEM cable, you are on borrowed time till it frays/snaps. The parts store specials are not built properly. Get on www.maximummotorsports.com and get yourself the $160 cable/quadrant/adjuster kit and you won't have anymore problems. Just make sure you set the preload on the throwout bearing correctly and you are good to go.

Also, -10000 for it taking about 20 replies before someone told him to just yank up on the pedal...
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