The clutch pedal is standard equipment on all transmission vehicles. The pedal itself is actually part of the clutch system which is mounted on a horizontal shaft that extends out towards the center of the vehicle. The clutch pedal is simply the visible extension of this mechanism that is positioned under the driver's left foot. When the pedal is pushed down, the clutch will disengage, thus disrupting the flow of power to the transmission and drive axles. The clutch pedal must be pressed down all the way in order to shift gears.
The clutch pedal is normally a very durable part of the vehicle. However, as with any mechanical part, wear and tear is a factor. This is especially true in older model vehicles. In order to replace a worn or damaged clutch pedal the proper tools must be used.
Step 1 - Remove the Old Clutch Pedal
Removing the clutch pedal begins by driving out the pin which holds it to the shaft. You may gently tap one end of the pin using the head of the pliers and then pull it out after getting the pins lose enough.
Step 2 – Remove the Clutch Cable
Turn the clutch control shaft (the shaft that holds the clutch pedal) clockwise until the clutch cable is loose. Remove the cable adjusting nut with your wrench on the clutch arm end of the cable and then firmly pull the cable with your pliers to the front and out. The clutch cable then passes through a tube welded to the inside of the tunnel housing.
Insert the clutch cable into the tube at the rear entrance to the tunnel housing and secure the cable, release the clutch release lever by adjusting the nut. Rotate the clutch control shaft so that the hook can be attached to the end of the clutch cable. With a rod push the cable down over the clutch control shaft hook. You will have to reach this from the front of the car through the tunnel housing.
Step 3 – Examine the Clutch Cable
This should completely disengage the clutch pedal from the clutch assembly. Use this opportunity to examine the clutch cable, pins, nuts, bolts and washers. Carefully examine the clutch cable and to see if there are any extremely worn areas along the length of the cable. Scrutinize the smaller parts and look for excessive rust or wear and tear. Replace these parts if need be. Next, examine the clutch assembly. Pay specific attention to the slots that hold the nuts and bolts that secure the pedal. Lubricate these areas as this is where the most stressed areas of the mechanism.
Step 4 – Install the Clutch Pedal
Attach the new clutch pedal to the clutch control shaft and secure it with a lock pin. Install the clutch shaft support bracket to the clutch shaft and secure with two cap screws. Double check that all connecting parts are tight and secure.
Step 5 - Reinstall Clutch Cable
Reinstall clutch in reverse of removal.
Step 6 - Test the Pedal
Press and depress it a few times. Start the engine and carefully switch your gear to first (or reverse). Be mindful of the pedal's position when the clutch is disengaged. It should not be too high or too low. If you are confident that the clutch is well set, take the car out for a spin. Drive where you are able to make full use of the clutch and gears.