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Why would the clutch pedal on a 1988 Ford F-350 stay on the floor so you cannot shift into any gear?


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2011-09-13 17:23:03
2011-09-13 17:23:03

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.


  • Disconnect SPRING ON THE FOOT-PEDAL to release ratchet mechanism.
  • Clamp cable slack (engine end).

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It sounds like the clutch master cylinder or slave cylinder has gone bad.These are not that expensive to replace.

try to make sure the clutch pedal is all the way down before you change gear. in no way shape or form should you have to floor the clutch everytime you shift gears, however, if you are still grinding gears while flooring the clutch, and if there isn't that little bit of give on the pedal i'd suggest adjusting or replacing the clutch.

A major indicator would be when you push the clutch in, you can't shift your transmission. Another one would be when you push the clutch pedal, it just goes straight to the floor with no resistance, or it doesn't push in at all.

Safest way: Set Parking brake Push clutch pedal to the floor Shift to neutral Turn key to start

Not sure what you're asking about. I have a 1998 S10 standard shift that still has a clutch pedal.

to start with when you push in on the clutch pedal you are disengaging it. Your description sounds like the clutch has clutched its last clutch What if it is not the clutch?

If the clutch pedal feels loose or if it's particularly hard to shift, then probably.

It sounds like something is defective in the clutch pedal linkage, or actually within the clutch itself.

There is a little pedal on the left side by your foot. If you put your foot under it and raise up that will shift through the gears. You have to hold the clutch in between gears though. The clutch is usually on the left handle bar and looks like the brake. To down shift step down on the pedal while holding the clutch in.

Whatever the car, it has to do with the clutch. If the clutch does not dis-engage the fly wheel, you will be unable to shift or even get it into gear. Check you clutch, pedal, cable, or hydraulic system.

You will eventually lose clutch pedal pressure and the car will refuse to shift into gear.

Squeeze in the clutch lever. To go from Neutral to 1st, you squeeze in the clutch and on most bikes press down on the shift pedal. To get to 2nd through 6th, squeeze the clutch, and lift firmly up on the pedal. Lift up as far as it will go, otherwise you will have shifted into Neutral.

A good mechanic should be able to attach an extension block to your clutch pedal. Also have the clutch adjustment checked because you shouldn't need to push it all the way to the floor to shift your vehicle.

Do you mean that the car will not shift into first? The clutch is the left pedal on the floor and should work independently of which gear is selected. If the car will not shift into first the clutch may need to be replaced, transmission synchros or gear teeth for first gear could be damaged(chipped,missing or broken) or the shift selector shaft might need to be realigned and/or have it's bushings replaced.

You need to lift your left foot off of the clutch pedal.

In a right handed vehicle the clutch is located at the left hand side. From left to right;;;;first pedal at left is clutch and second is foot break and the right leg pedal is the accelerator. In case of left handed vehicle they are in the same relative locations; accelerator on the right, brake in the middle, clutch on the left. Of course the vehicle will only have a clutch peddle if it is a standard shift.

Your pressure plate and throw out bearing in your clutch assembly are worn out...time for a new clutch

Modern Class 8 trucks have no more pedals than a passenger car. If it's a manual shift truck, there's a clutch pedal, brake pedal, and accelerator pedal. If it's a fully automated, clutch free automatic, there's a brake and an accelerator pedal.

Cars, trucks, or any vehicle that has a stick shift (as opposed to an automatic) have clutch pedals. Many vehicles have been and are available with either shift method, depending on what the owner likes best.

Clutch in and press either up or down on the shift pedal Normally the shifting pattern is 1N23456 (Maybe you don't have a 6th gear, it's the same pattern) When not rolling, shift all the way down and up one. That is neutral. To start going, pull in the clutch, shift down. That puts you down into first Release the clutch and give some gas. Now to shift into second, pull in the clutch and shift up. This will skip neutral and put you into second. I think you get the point now.

If it chatters when you start up I would be concerned. If some of the gears do not work, the clutch may be the problem.If the pedal is too low to the floor or gears strip or grind when you shift, it may only need adjusting.Fortunately, compared to automatic transmission, clutches are cheap to fix.

Check for shift linkage that may be bent or out of adjustment. It also might be that the clutch is worn or out of adjustment and when the clutch pedal is depressed it is not coming off the pressure plate completely which does not allow a smooth shift.

Either the clutch fluid level could have gotten low allowing air into the lines or you may need to replace your clutch master cylinder. Try adding DOT3 brake fluid and then pumping the clutch pedal. If you start to notice some resistance then you need to bleed the clutch hydraulic lines.

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