Clutch Cable Adjustment
As delivered from Ford, the Mustang has a plastic quadrant and pawl gear assembly designed to self-adjust the clutch cable tension over the life of the clutch. After you've upgraded your clutch quadrant to a stronger, aluminum design, it is necessary to manually adjust the tension on the clutch cable yourself. Before doing this, there are some things that need to be checked. The goal is to hold the clutch cable housing at right angles to the surfaces at each end it is mounted to. This will minimize slack in the cable system and ensure adequate clutch pedal travel.
• The firewall adjuster must be securely attached to the firewall.
• The clip that holds the transmission end of the clutch cable housing to the bell housing must be in place. This clip is located underneath the clutch fork cover.
Once the clutch cable housing has been properly secured and aligned, you can move on to adjusting the cable tension. The cable tension is adjusted by screwing the firewall adjuster out of the firewall.
18. Screw the firewall adjuster out of the firewall until the cable has just enough tension that 5-8 lb of force at the pedal will move the pedal down 1/2" inch. If the pedal moves more than Vz" when 5-8 lb of force is applied to it, increase the cable tension by screwing the firewall adjuster further out of the firewall.
NOTE: As the friction material on the clutch disc wears, the cable tension will increase, requiring a "clutch adjustmenf'to correct. Periodically decrease the clutch cable tension by threading the firewall adjuster into the firewallto maintain the 5-8 lbs offorce at the pedal as specified in Step 18.
NOTE: Ifthe clutch doesn't disengage with the pedal fully depressed, increase the cable tension by screwing the firewall adjuster out as required.