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Old 03-20-2009, 05:51 PM   #1
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[HOW TO] Leaky Clutch Pedal? (Temp Fix)

Well how many SVT owners out there have a leaking master cylinder? You probably won't know it (like me) until either the clutch pedal cover slips off while you're driving almost causing a 5 car pileup or your foot is covered with brake fluid and/or there's a hole in your floor mat and the rubber is all eaten up from the corrosive brake fluid. I also noticed that the spring was broken on my clutch pedal(TOLD YOU SO FORD WHO NEVER LISTENS!).

Well this is an easy(sort of) fix to temporarily stop that brake fluid from leaking onto your pedal or floor mats and causing corrosive damage or causing a potential accident. This is only temporary fix till you install a new master cylinder.

Tools Needed:
1. 16mm socket
2. screw driver
3. small friend
4. absorbent cloth
5. zip tie

Attention: You possibly don't have to remove anything but I did as I wanted to clean everything up and possibly try to fix my clutch spring. You also get more room. Proceed to step #3.

1. Remove clutch position sensor. Using needel nose pliers, remove the clip to free the wire harness. Lift up the back tab on the sensor and then slide it forward(towards you). Brake fluid made mine weak so I had to zip tie it back together since the glue no longer held it and broke.

2. Remove the clutch pedal. There is one nut holding it on 16mm so remove that and use a screw driver to slide the bolt down. You may have to tap it with a hammer as the head may hit the steering shaft. Slide off the white plunger to the master cylinder.

3. Use some absorbant cloth and wrap around the base of the white plunger, be sure to extend it past to catch any oil that may leak out. Use a zip tie(doesn't have to be orange) to hold the cloth on there securely.




4. Assuming you took stuff apart, time to put humpty dumpty back together again.



Here's the brake fluid eating up the clutch pedal:



Here's the other end of the spring that was still attached to the clutch pedal.. This would cause my cruise control to turn off as the pedal would sink in a bit as the spring should hold it all the way up.



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Old 03-21-2009, 04:41 AM   #2
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Brilliant. I and the rest of the slippery-left-footers thank you. As always, classy work :-D
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I noticed a stain on my drivers mat today when cleaning my car, looked like it could be what your talking about... I didn't even notice till today though.
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So, are you still running around with this "temporary" fix??
Mine just started leaking.
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Funny, I just made this same temporary fix on Sat without seeing this post
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So, are you still running around with this "temporary" fix??
Mine just started leaking.
Nope. I already changed it out last year. Best thing I ever did as I couldn't believe how much "feel" I got back. I also had to fix my clutch spring since that was broken for a very long time. Just had to bend another hook on it since it broke there. I'm glad it didn't break in the middle.

Ford of course never fixed it while it was under warranty. Check to make sure your spring ain't broken either as I guess the brake fluid destroyed that too.
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How bad/hard/frustrating is changing the master cylinder out?
I hear you need to be some kinda contortionist to do it.
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Thanks for the update.
Just ordered a new master to install this weekend.

FWIW, and to anyone that needs the info, here's the procedure from Ford:
http://cayse.trunetworks.com/focus/service/mt285mtx75mastercylinderreplacement.pdf
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PS...looks like rather timely info for you Kal-EL428.
Don't forget about the How-To on this site as well:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...threadid=63917
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That doesn’t sound too bad. I was thinking it was all buried under the dash and was a pain in the a$$ to get at. Was actually thinking about removing my drivers seat and laying on my back with my feet up on the back seat to do the work.

WD, you have a part number/price perchance?
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It was ony like $15 or so at autozone. I might have that price wrong but it was no more than $30 though.

*added*
OH yeah in Pic #4, you can see the zip ties holding my clutch position sensor plunger together. Yep the brake fluid ate away at that too and cracked it. *Gasp* that caused my car not to start.
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