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Old 03-17-2011, 01:46 PM   #21
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Thank you

Thanks, that is just what I needed. I plan on doing this Saturday. I will let you know how it turns out. Just hope I can recognize the bleeder when I see it (using the photo as reference).

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my clutch pedal has leaked for a few years now , i should just go ahead and do this. Did it improve the feel or performance any ?

I just leave my heater off it in the winter ...
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:52 PM   #23
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Thanks for the info and pics
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:01 PM   #25
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I changed the master cylinder last Saturday (03/20/2011). The clutch now feels a bit more firm as expected. The biggest difference is that now my clutch pedal is not slick with hydrolic fluid and no more fluid is dripping into my car. This took me about 3-4 hours to replace, keep in mind I am not experineced is auto work, this is the largest repair I have done on my own. I am sure it can be done faster by an experienced mechanic.

My biggest concern going into was where to find the bleed valve. But once I removed the battery and the battery housing (as instructed and using the photo as reference), the valve is easy to spot and and easy to get to.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:00 PM   #26
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Good job! Take your time follow the instructions.
That's how we all learn. Just do it...
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:21 PM   #27
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Sweet write up, its much better with pictures. I was driving home thinking "Wow, my clutch is soft" then pulled in my driveway and my foot slipped off the pedal, sure enough, drip drip drip. I'll have to do this tomorrow, if i can get parts. How much for the clutch master cylinder?

My local ford never stocks parts for foci, would it be alright to limp around on a leaky clutch cylinder, just a couple days? What are the chances of catastrophic failure? My body guy was planning on taking it this Friday to install some stuff and I am not sure if I should let him drive 30 minutes in traffic with it.


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Old 03-23-2011, 08:09 PM   #28
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Well if it blows. in your car the fluid will run out and your car wont be able to get in or out of gear and you wont have brakes. cause the clutch fluid and the brake fluid are together. But thats worst case scenario. I got my master cylinder from advance auto parts had to order it online it cost me about 30 bucks. took about 2 days to get here.
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I got mine from Autozone for about $47, they had it in stock. Depending on how bad it's leaking you might be able to limp it along for a bit, but you'd have to keep adding to the fluid reservoir. Might not be a good idea if it's literally dripping in front of your eyes, mine was a slow leak.

+rep to Notoriousone, I wish I'd had these pictures to help me out a month ago, would have made things much clearer and faster. Good write up man.
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I posted this a while ago and thanks dude!
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