1997 Ford Probe How to. Please help!

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Could you give me directions on how to change a clutch in a 1997 Ford Probe GT please?
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Saturday, July 4th, 2009 AT 8:54 PM

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Removal
Remove air cleaner assembly and air cleaner intake tube. Remove battery and battery tray. Remove transaxle ground straps. Disconnect vehicle speed sensor, park/neutral position switch and back-up light switch connectors. Remove clutch release (slave) cylinder with hydraulic lines connected and position aside.
Install 3-Bar Engine Support (014-00750). On 2.0L, remove 4 upper transaxle-to-engine bolts. On 2.5L, remove 7 upper transaxle-to-engine bolts. Remove 2 upper starter motor bolts. Remove fuel filter (with fuel lines connected) and position aside. Remove 2 nuts and through-bolt from left transaxle insulator. Raise and support vehicle. On 2.0L models, remove intake manifold support bracket. On all models, disconnect wires to starter motor terminals "S" and "B" and remove starter motor. Drain transaxle fluid and discard drain plug washer. Remove front wheels.
Remove and discard axle shaft attaching nuts. Remove splash shield. Remove lower crossmember. Remove bolt and nut from left lower control arm ball joint. Pry lower control arm down to separate from steering knuckle. Pull lower edge of spindle outward to separate from end of axle shaft. Using pry bar, separate left axle shaft from transaxle. Install 2 Transaxle Plugs (T88C-7025-AH) between transaxle differential side gears.
NOTE:Failure to install Transaxle Plugs (T88C-7025-AH) may allow transaxle differential side gears to become mispositioned.

Remove opposite end of left axle shaft from steering knuckle and remove from vehicle. On ABS equipped models, remove clips from left wheel speed sensor and nuts from sensor harness mount.
On 2.5L models, disconnect left and right oxygen sensor connectors. Remove and discard 3 exhaust inlet pipe-to-exhaust manifold nuts from exhaust inlet pipes. Lower exhaust system to gain access to right axle shaft support bearing. Remove 3 right axle shaft support bearing bolts. On ABS equipped models, remove clips from right wheel speed sensor and nuts from sensor harness mount.
On all models, remove bolt and nut from right lower control arm ball joints. Pry lower control arm down to separate from steering knuckle. Pull lower edge of spindle outward to separate from end of axle shaft. Using pry bar, separate right axle shaft from transaxle. Install 2 Transaxle Plugs (T88C-7025-AH) between transaxle differential side gears.
NOTE:Failure to install Transaxle Plugs (T88C-7025-AH) may allow transaxle differential side gears to become mispositioned.

Remove transaxle cradle. Disconnect transaxle shift linkage and stabilizer bar from transaxle. Remove transaxle mount-to-transaxle bolts. Position transaxle jack under transaxle and secure transaxle to jack. Remove rear transaxle mount. Remove lower transaxle-to-engine bolts. Separate from engine and lower transaxle out of vehicle.
CAUTION:Clutch release bearing is prelubed and should not be cleaned with solvent. Clutch release hub and bearing are replaced as an assembly. DO NOT disassemble for inspection or replacement.

If installing same pressure plate, index mark pressure plate to flywheel. Install Flywheel Holder (T74P-6375-A). Loosen pressure plate attaching bolts evenly in a crisscross sequence. Remove pressure plate and clutch disc from flywheel. Remove release bearing and clutch release fork, if necessary

Installation
Install flywheel and Flywheel Holder (T74P-6375-A). Install clutch disc with flat side toward flywheel. Position clutch disc and align flywheel dowel pins into pressure plate guide holes. Remove old sealant from flywheel bolt threads. Using Bearing Mount Sealant (EOAZ-19554-BA), reseal bolt threads. If old sealant cannot be removed, install new bolts. Start pressure plate bolts, but do not tighten to flywheel. Install Clutch Plate Aligner (T74P-7137-K).
With clutch aligned, tighten pressure plate bolts in a crisscross sequence until just seated. Tighten pressure plate bolts to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS table. Remove clutch aligner.
Clean and apply a thin coating of clutch grease to splines of input shaft. Clean pressure plate and flywheel surface with alcohol-based solvent. Using emery cloth, remove minor imperfections. Before installing transaxle, lubricate outside diameter of transaxle front bearing retainer, inside of release bearing, clutch release fork fingers and contact surface of release shaft. Install NEW transaxle drain plug washer.
To complete installation, reverse removal procedure. Install NEW circlips on ends of axle shafts and NEW nut and bolt when attaching lower control arm ball joint to steering knuckle. Install front axle bearing bracket in sequence.
Bleed clutch hydraulic system.
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