Hello - sounds like you have a great car there. It has some miles so these are normal things to go bad. Actually for that many miles and just now having a master cylinder go, you do have a blessing of a car. Question though, I show 1991, Ford Escorts with only 4 cylinders though. One is a L4-110 1.8L DOHC and the other is L4-116 1.9L SOHC, I am not showing a 6 cylinder. If the master cylinder quits, no more clutch, no more move. No matter how far in the middle of the intersection you are. I know money is tight, but I would definitely replace the clutch master cylinder. I show the OEM replacement is only about $113.00. That is great. If you are going to do it yourself I show at Auto Zone between $36.00 -$52.00. Some advice. You also have a clutch slave cylinder. You should definitely replace that at the same time. That has a similar piston, rubber plugs etc in it as the master cylinder and has moved every time you pushed the clutch in just like the master cylinder. When you push the clutch in, the pistons in the master cylinder push the fluid to the slave cylinder and those pistons move and that is what pushes the lever to release the clutch. Do it too. AZ is about $34-$53 and the OEM I show about $70. Hope that helps.
Friday, October 10th, 2008 AT 10:55 PM