How to Adjust the Clutch in a Ford Explorer

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The Ford Explorer is a good, dependable vehicle. However, there are times when it's necessary to tend to the clutch. This may be as simple as changing the height of the pedal, or adding fluid to your clutch reservoir. For the most part, you can do the work on the clutch yourself. However, if you have done all you can and your clutch does not perform as it should, that can be a sign that replacement is necessary for parts of the clutch.

  • Check the level of the fluid beneath the hood of the Ford Explorer. The reservoir is rather small, and is located near the firewall and the brake booster. Fill the reservoir to the proper level and pump the clutch pedal a few times to restore the pressure in the lines. If you find that the level in the reservoir does not stay the same, this may be an indication of a leak in the system. Check the reservoir, the slave cylinder (near the clutch housing) and the lines themselves, and repair or replace any faulty parts.

  • Bleed the system of any air bubbles. Using a tool like the Mityvac vacuum will help accomplish this task. Fill the pump bottle of the vacuum with fluid, and establish pressure in the tank. Open the cap on the master cylinder on Ford Explorer's master cylinder and insert the vacuum's tube. The vacuum sucks out old clutch fluid as well as any air bubbles that may have collected in the system. When you no longer see any air bubbles collecting in the pump bottle of the vacuum, you have successfully bled the clutch system.

  • Replace the clutch every 105,000 miles. Over time, the clutch of the Ford Explorer will wear, thanks to the friction it undergoes.

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