Clutch Cable Replacement

How To Replace a Clutch Cable

Your vehicle’s clutch is designed to disengage the engine from the transmission when the vehicle is in gear and stopped. Also, the clutch is needed when shifting gears. There are different devices that are used to perform the process. Some use hydraulic pressure to release the clutch and others use a cable. A failing clutch cable can cause the pedal to become difficult to press or a broken one can cause the clutch pedal to fall to the floor. The procedure listed below is to assist you with replacing a clutch cable. These directions are general. A repair manual may be required for specific information pertaining to your vehicle. Disconnect the battery before starting any work on your vehicle and determine if the vehicle needs to be lifted to access the cable.

Park your car on level ground with the engine off and the emergency brake on. Always raise a car according to the manufacturers recommended instructions and secure with jack stands. Also we will be dealing with brake fluid so be sure to wear protective clothing, eyewear and gloves.

Tools Needed

1. Pliers

2. Floor Jack

3. Jack Stands

4. Wrench Set

5. Screwdriver set


Step 1 - Locate the hood release cable and activate to open the hood, use a prop rod if needed to hold the hood open.

Step 2 - Inspect the clutch cable location and condition.

Step 3 - Next, locate the clutch cable where it attaches to the clutch pedal under the dash. (note: the cable is usually clipped into place at the top of the pedal. Check for the type of attachment device used to determine how it comes off. Usually, pliers are needed to remove it from its mount)

Step 4 - Once the cable is disconnected from the pedal, follow it to the vehicle’s firewall under the dash.

Step 5 - Some clutch cables are bolted through a mounting plate or bracket at this point and need to be unbolted. Others simply slide through a rubber grommet on the firewall.

Step 6 - Move under the hood of the vehicle and locate where the cable comes through the firewall. Pull the cable through.

Step 7 - Follow the cable to the transmission area and locate where it attaches to the transmission. Identify the type of retainer that holds the cable to the release assembly and remove it.

Step 8 - Once it is disconnected, remove the cable from the vehicle and replace it in the opposite order.

Step 9 - Many times the clutch cable needs adjusting. Adjust as needed. Again, replacing a clutch cable is a simple job. However, this is a general description of the process and your vehicle may have specific requirements.

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Article first published (Updated 2015-01-06)