Clutch? Cable? Quadrant? All of the above?

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  1. Goldmember

    Goldmember Well-Known Member

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    I think my clutch is starting to get soft. Here's what is happening; need opinions.

    - clutch pedal effort light
    - "self-adjust" function of clutch pedal does not work; you can pull the pedal up an inch but no click
    - catches toward top of pedal, has been a little harder to drive smoothly lately
    - shifts ok, smooth when box warms up, notchy in cold but that's normal
    - "rattle" noise coming from trans under heavy throttle in Third and Fourth, starts as a minor rattle at light throttle but rises in loudness and pitch if you put your foot in it
    - if I mash the throttle at 35 mph in a higher gear (say Fourth or Fifth), RPM's don't rise (learned this trick here)
    - 105K on stock clutch, cable, quadrant, and TOB, occasional fun, mostly DD use
    - Mobil 1 ATF put in about 3 mos ago

    Ideas?
     
  2. 96gt4.6

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  3. KillNThrill24

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    I'd probably go ahead and replace it all man. My stuff all had issues too so I replaced it all. I didn't follow his links so I'll just tell you do not buy ANY other cable than the Maximum Motorsports. Take my word for it I bought the SR kit and snapped the cable in a week. I also switched to a steeda firewall adjuster. I think I left the SR quadrant in but I've had no issues with it.

    The difference in pedal feel was night and day. Believe me you won't regret it man

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  4. Caboose302

    Caboose302 Well-Known Member

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    I heard the same about the SR when I was buying mine. I bought the Steeda quadrant and adjuster and kept the stock cable. Been fine so far. The Steeda one clicks too and isn't supposed to back off like the SR.

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  5. 96gt4.6

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    maybe steeda updated theirs since the last one i had, but it always backed off on me thats why i went to the sr one and havent had an issue on two different cars. also the mm cable is just a ford cable in a mm wrapper
     
  6. Musturd

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    ^ he's right it's a oem ford cable in there wrapper . Lol I just buy them from right from ford , I get it the same day MM for me takes way to long being in canada **** that noise
     
  7. RichV

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    Doesn't sound like your clutch is slipping, but sounds like it's a good idea to replace. RPM not going up in a higher gear is a good thing, clutch is still holding. When the RPM is going up and speed is not increasing is a sign that the clutch is slipping.

    Just get a kit like: http://www.maximummotorsports.com/Clutch-Cable-Quadrant-and-Firewall-Adjuster-Package-P385.aspx that way it all works together. Then grab a decent clutch kit, I've had good luck with Valeo and Exedy for anything stockish HP.
     
  8. mcglsr2

    mcglsr2 Well-Known Member SN95 Supporter

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    I second Maximum Motorsports. I have their firewall adjuster (older version), quadrant, and cable (which is actually an OEM Ford cable - MM says don't use anything other than an OEM cable because they tend to be inferior to it). You can't go wrong with MM products.
     
  9. Goldmember

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    Nice. I'm looking into this. I don't know if I'm going to be able to bite the whole bullet and do the clutch at this point, so I might as well buy it some time. Baby on the way = no telling if I can even keep the car = trying not to dump a ton of money into it.

    I'm an "ok" weekend warrior, how hard is the cable/quadrant/firewall adjuster for an average guy?
     
  10. 96gt4.6

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    id say under an hour, i just did one on my 97 and it took me about a half hour maybe a little less
     
  11. chris91

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    Hardest part is getting under the dash for the quadrant. I HATE getting under the dash for anything. lol

    Here is a good video on how to adjust the Firewall Adjuster too.

    [video=youtube;p02qXs9L7O4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p02qXs9L7O4[/video]
     
  12. canadiantbone

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    This was good info . I find my clutch very hard to press & suspect the cable . I'll replace all of it .