Installation Time: Afternoon
March 22, 2012
I would have been happy with a few stock replacement pedals from Ford for a 2001 V6 Coupe...
The Brake and Clutch pedals were going bad and needed to be fixed before the rubber fell off. Let's look that up...
Brake Pedal Assembly $58.45
Accelerator Pedal $99.57
Clutch Pedal Pad $106.60 !! 9G757
It might be that Ford Part Number: 9G757 replaces the dead pedal and the brake and clutch pedal... That must be the case since $100+ for just one pedal pad is stupid...
But screw it and just get these nice pedals.!!!
Here is how you do it...
#1 Dead pedal... Just get a big pair of flush cut wire cutters and reach around behind the angle bracket and snip off the mouing tabs and pull the thing off by hand. Don't try to heavy force to pry it off. I think I bent the bracket trying that. I must have had a good one! But just get behind there and destroy the mounting tabs till it falls off on the floor. Use your new pedal as a reference for how that mounting system works.
#2 and #3...
As many have noted, it is very easy to just jerk the old pads off. But getting the new ones on is a major SOB!!!!
The metal plates on the new pedals limits the amount you can bend and twist them greatly!!
Use warm soapy water as a rubber lubricant. You force them on and around the metal pedal mounts as much as you can and then use a small screwdriver to catch and pull the lips over the edges. A mirror back there and a light might help. If worst comes to shove, just split the rubber at the corners. It's not like it is going to fall off :D You "know" when they are on. They slide around a tiny bit since there is a little clearance once on. But it IS a big pain getting them on...
You have to remove the accelerator pedal assembly by taking off the two mounting bolts... The cable has a little plastic retaining clip up there than needs to be grabbed and pulled forward out of the steel. Wire cutters used, not to cut at all, but to claw pull the plastic grommet forward and right out easily and then you can free the cable from the mess easily. After, it pushes right back in very easy.
It's like a nail... But put the metal against a the jaws of a vice and take a 1/8 inch rod/nail/punch and just force it out easily. The new pedal is an exact match. You just pound the nail back in, but always use metal against metal and don't ever pound against the plastic. The metal might bend a little but Ford made this thing so nothing could go wrong... It is a $100 part so be careful not to wreck it. But is is like a nail in a board, with great care.
So the pedals are all on now!!!
But BE VERY CARFUL!!!!
You have just played with EXTREMELY CRITICAL components in the Clutch, Brake, and Accelerator.... Before starting the engine, verify each of their operations as much as possible!! If you screwed up any of them, you could die or something!!! Worse yet, bash the Musting into the back of the garage!
Put it in neutral and plant your foot hard on the brakes and start up ready to shut down fast!! If all goes well, play out all the controls very carefully to be sure it is all working!!! Drive very carefully in case of brake, clutch, or accelerator failure! But unless you are the 1/10,000,000,000 guy, it will all go fine!