How To Replace a Clutch Cable
Your vehicle’s clutch
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
to fall to the floor. The procedure listed below is to assist you with replacing
cable. These directions
are general. A repair
may be required for specific information pertaining to your vehicle.
Disconnect the battery
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.
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
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 2009-07-28 (Updated 2015-01-06)