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Old April 28th, 2012, 08:56 AM
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I recently purchased a 1995 F150, and managed to get a good deal on it due to clutch/shifting problems. (Along with other evidence of ham-fisted amateur mechanic-ing, stupid people should not be allowed to take trucks apart)

Problem is has is as follows - Step on the clutch, pedal doesn't seem to do anything until it's an inch from the floor. It will release the clutch enough to allow the engine to start in gear, and to keep the truck from rolling forward while idling in gear. It is, however, very difficult to get in gear unless the engine is going just the right speed.

So, first things first - I go to find the bleeder screw on the slave cylinder, and some dingbat with an engineering degree has placed the slave cylinder inside the bellhousing. Fine. My parents' 1997 F150 is that way. How is it bled? A new slave cylinder is $47, no biggie, and the transmission doesn't look THAT hard to remove. But I have learned to try the cheap/easy solutions first. This happened with my 89 Chevy some years ago, and bleeding the slave cylinder fixed it. I had let the clutch fluid get low.

The truck is a extended cab, five speed, with a 300.
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You may have to pull the tranny to adjust the clutch slave cylinder, IIRC my uncle's 97 F150 had to have that done caue like you said, it was inside the bell housing.

I had a truck that did that and it was low on tranny fluid. The M5OD 5spd uses Dexron II or III, or Mercon ATF fluid.
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There is a bleeder screw sticking out the side of the transmission, I will try to find a picture.
Also it may or may not be the pedal assembly itself, take a look up under the dash while pushing the pedal and see if something moves that shouldn't or vice versa.

The red circle is around where that bleeder is.

There is no adjusting the slave or clutch, it either works or doesn't try bleeding and if that works and then the problem comes back, it's leaking.


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I found the bleeder screw for the slave cylinder. I don't see evidence of brake fluid slung around the inside of the bellhousing when looking in the inspection port, and I don't see brake fluid forming drops on the slave cylinder itself, so perhaps I got lucky. I will attempt to bleed it later today, when my helper is off work.
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Just make sure you guy by the correct procedure, it's not like bleeding brakes.


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Read this, no need to pull the tranny

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/forum/s...8655#post58655


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Read this, no need to pull the tranny

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/forum/s...8655#post58655
Well that looks easy. I will give that a shot here in a bit. I have been working steadily on this machine trying to rectify some bad mechanical work done before I got my hands on it - my personal favorite so far is either the stereo amplifier cable running to the starter, or the motorcycle ignition wire going from the battery to the relay on the fender. Or perhaps it's the way they put a GM side-post battery in it, and just stuck bolts in the side posts, and clamped the battery cables to those bolts. After fixing all that, the truck will continue to run after hitting a bump. Imagine that.

While I'm here, I will ask about the front suspension. I know this truck has the Twin I Beam front end, because underneath of it are two huge I beams that have to outweigh my motorcycle. The passenger side steering knuckle has a bit of play in it, and I've traced it down to something I've always thought of as a "King Pin", but apparently there isn't any such thing. The part is still bad, however, so I need to know what to call it so the teenager at the auto parts store can use his computer to find one. It's like I have the only F150 that needs front end work or something.
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Your not the only one with a F150 what needs some frontend work. Is it the tie rod end?
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Read this, no need to pull the tranny

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/forum/s...8655#post58655
Ok, I tried this, and now instead of a clutch that "kinda" works, I have a clutch pedal that stays on the floor. I've been trying to get the air out with a hand vacuum pump, and it seems like the entire system is full of air. At no time during the procedure did the fluid level get below halfway full in the reservoir. Now I can't move the truck, pedal stays on the floor. The truck is jacked up as high as my floor jack will go, jack stands under the I beams, and it's sitting on a sloped driveway so it's more tilted back. When I bled the clutch with this so called "Gravity Bleed", I got drips out of the hose, never any kind of steady stream, and of course afterwards it didn't work at all.

So how do I fix it?
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After bleeding it with my vac pump, I've managed to get the clutch to work again. I got to looking around, after hearing I should check the pedal linkages for play, and I found something interesting. There is a rod, which goes from the clutch pedal tube and pushes against the back of the master cylinder. I noticed that the little rod didn't hit the pocket in the master cylinder until the pedal was halfway down. The pedal has always felt like it didn't do anything until halfway down. So. I put my fingers around that clutch push rod, twisted, lo and behold it unscrews. I unscrewed it until I had about a half inch of freeplay in the pedal, and took it around the block... drives much better now. Not hanging up between gears as much.

Next question, I've heard this transmission uses ATF for lubricant. It is low, according to my little finger in the fill plug. Does it in fact use Dexron? Or does it use something normal like gear oil like the non-japanese transmission in my Chevy?


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