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Old 02-25-2005, 07:47 AM
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self adjusting clutch?

I have a 97 f150 with the 4.6. my clutch pedal will travel almost all the way to the top before it engages. i was looking for a screw or nut to adjust it and someone told me that the clutches on these trucks are self adjusting. I was just wondering how these things adjust themselves, and being that my clutch engages all the way at the top does it mean that it is about to weenie out on me. it isnt slipping or anything like that. if it is on its way out could i get some reccomendations for a good AFFORDABLE clutch replacement set? and how hard is it to change a clutch. i have limited mechanical knowledge and have never messed with one of these before so any info would be VERY helpful.

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Old 02-25-2005, 09:05 AM
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BigdaddyII,

If I am not mistaken your clutch is the hydrolic type and there is really not much to adjust when compared to a mechanical type. I guess you could call it "self adjusting". Has it always engaged at the top of the pedal travel?

I have never worked on a truck of this era so some of this may not applie but, if you look under the dash at the clutch pedal is there a rod with an adjuster on it that goes through the firewall to the clutch master cylinder? This is the setup I have seen on another brand of truck. This rod adjusts how far the piston travels in/out of the clutch master cylinder with relation to pedal travel.

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Old 02-25-2005, 01:24 PM
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all you can really do is check the fluid level,,, takes dot 3 brake fluid, and you can bleed the clutch, but dont let it hit the botom of the floor, put a hammer handle under it to keep it form bottom ing out...

when the slave cylinder goes might as well do the cluthc and master cylinder too.... if you leadiing fluid, remove the inspectin ploug and see if the slave cylinder is leaking...
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i dont have any leaks. as long as i can remember it has done this, maybe a little more noticable now. lee, thanks for the post that was the first thing i checked, that is how the clutch was adjusted on both of my toyotas.
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Old 02-25-2005, 04:41 PM
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Ha!

When I mentioned in my reply above ...."This is the setup I have seen on another brand of truck." .... I was refering to my Toyota! Now that's funny.

As long as the clutch is not chattering on take off or slipping under load I would just drive it. Seems that your's is the way it is ..... just because ;-)

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it seems that way. just something i was wondering if i had to prepare for financially. i changed the clutch in my toyota and the set was only $95 at advance aute, this was years ago. i checked the price the other day and it went up to $269.
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