How to Adjust the Clutch Pedal in a 2001 Subaru Legacy

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The feel of a car's clutch is a very personal thing to many drivers. Some drivers prefer a clutch with more travel, while others want a pedal that is very responsive. If you are the owner of a 2001 Subaru Legacy, adjusting the clutch pedal height is a simple task. This also comes in handy after performing repairs on the manual transmission. A couple of tools and about 15 minutes of your time is all you should need.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 mm wrench
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Position yourself under the driver's side dash of the car so you have a view of the pedals. Locate the master cylinder push rod, directly above the gas pedal.

  • Use a 12 mm wrench to remove the locking nut on the clevis, where it attaches to the push rod. Follow the push rod and you will see a small nut with a cotter pin sticking through it.

  • Use a pair of needle nose pliers to grip the clevis pin and pull it out.

  • Grasp the master cylinder push rod with the pliers and rotate it about six turns clockwise. Re-insert the cotter pin and check the pedal height. The optimum height is just a little higher than the brake pedal. It can be a little higher, but any lower may cause the clutch not to engage.

  • Replace the locking nut on the clevis once you have the pedal at the desired height.

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