97 mustang clutch fluid

Old 12-11-07, 12:05 PM
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97 mustang clutch fluid

I have a 1997 ford mustang, 5 speed, 2.8L? ( Idont quite remember the size but I know it is the smallest)

and I am having a problem with my clutch. I was leaving work one day when the peddle just hit the floor. My neighbor told me to ckeck the fluid level.

But I do not know where the reservoir is or what I am looking for and is there a certain way I should be checking the level, i.e. should the motor be cold or warm.

Also, is it normal for clutch fluid to be low. Could this be the onsight of a potentially major problem??

I appreciate any help.
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The clutch reservoir is in the engine compartment, generally on the firewall in front of the driver. They usually are a plastic reservoir with a removable cap on the top. There will also be a similar reservoir for the brakes, but the brake reservoir will be larger. With the the brake reservoit lid removed, there will be two compartments inside. The clutch reservoir will only have one internal compartment. Fill the clutch reservoir with DOT3 brake fluid. Don't overfill, look for any 'full' line on the reservoir.

Yes, losing clutch fluid can be a sign of impending problems. The clutch is actuated via a master hydraulic cylinder (that your foot pushes) which acts hydraulically on a slave cylinder at the clutch. Either the master or slave cylinder can wear and develop hydraulic leakage. Severe leakage will cause the clutch to become inoperative.
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You Mustang has a 3.8 engine and a dry clutch

I suspect the cable has slipped or broken, or the self-adjusting pawl under the dash has slipped, broken, or worn out

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