The hydraulic clutch system is a significant improvement on the old mechanical ones. But mechanical systems can still be subject to normal wear. Regular maintenance is necessary for the linkage and cable system.
Hydraulic clutches only require service if a component of the clutch has been replaced or repaired. Ford’s hydraulic clutch system can only be repaired or replaced with the right tools.
The hydraulic clutch system is a significant improvement on the mechanical ones.
- Ford’s hydraulic clutch needs to be bled using common tools and basic knowledge of automotive repairs.
The negative battery cable should be disconnected from your vehicle’s battery.
With a jack, raise the vehicle’s front off the ground.
Position one jackstand under each “A”, behind each of the front wheels. Then, lower the vehicle onto the supports. Securely support the vehicle. Take out the jack.
Find the clutch mastercylinder on the driver side of your engine compartment. The clutch master cylinder cap, and the diaphragm must be removed. Place the cap and diaphragm on a towel or a clean cloth.
Under the car in the transmission bell housing, locate the slave cylinder as well as the slave cylinder bleeding screw. On the driver’s side, there is an oval-shaped access window for the slave cylinder. A hole will be made in the middle of the slave-cylinder bleed screw.
You will find the clutch mastercylinder on the driver side, just behind the firewall.
- Find the slave tube and slave cylinder bleeding screw underneath the car.
With a box end wrench, turn the bleed screw clockwise. The bleed screw should be left open for as long as a continuous flow of hydraulic fluid is coming out. Then tighten the bleed screws. You have now filled your slave cylinder with hydraulic liquid. This process does not allow you to remove all the bleed screws.
To the top of the clutch mastercylinder, add “D.O.T.” 3″ brake fluid.
Push the clutch pedal in the car down towards the ground and then release it quickly. This process can be repeated ten times.
To fill the clutch mastercylinder with “D.O.T.
3″ brake fluid.
- Push the clutch pedal in the car down towards the ground and then release it quickly.
Hold the clutch pedal down to the ground. With a box end wrench, a second person can open the bleed screws. Keep the bleed screws open until you see a continuous flow of hydraulic fluid from the bleed. Then tighten the bleed screws.
You can release the clutch pedal.
To fill the clutch mastercylinder, add “D.O.T 3”, brake fluid to the “Fill” line. Attach the cap assembly and master cylinder diaphragm.
Use the jack to raise the vehicle’s front. Take off the jack-stands. Lower the vehicle towards the ground.
To fill the clutch mastercylinder, add “D.O.T 3”, brake fluid.
- Reduce the vehicle to the floor
The negative cable should be connected to the vehicle’s battery.
To perform the procedure correctly, a second person must be present.
Before performing any repairs to your vehicle, disconnect the negative battery cable. Fluid recycling centres can dispose of used fluids.