Pre 1997/9 models of Ford Vehicles 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.
How do you change out the clutch on 1987 Ford Escort Gl
It will cost approximately $450 to replace the clutch in your 1997 Ford Escort. The clutch will cost approximately $200 and require four hours of labor to install.
To replace a clutch cable fork on an Escort 1.85 diesel, first lift the clutch pedal to release the adjuster mechanism. Pull the cable through and hook the clutch cable fork.
you will need to remove either the engine or the transmission(engine is easiest in the 94 escorts) replace the clutch and put the engine back in
The transmission has to come out to replace the clutch. This is defiantely not a job you want to try for yourself unless you know your way around transmissions and drive axles.
You can't adjust a clutch in a 95 Escort because it has a hydraulic clutch.
Shared with the brake fluid.
Look in this web site for complete instructions: www.techcapri.com.
The tranny has to come out. Expect to pay $500 labor plus $165 for the clutch. Don't attempt this repair unless you are an experienced mechanic.
Yes, the clutch does go on a manual transmission 94 Escort.
You have to split the transmission, maybe even drop it out. There might be some helpful info on www.autozone.com
The problem may be with your starter and not with the clutch.