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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-16-2018, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Clutch issues

Hi all thanks in advance the help just brought a 97 f450 and you have to hold the clutch pedal down as hard as you can to start the truck and as the truck warms up it gets harder and harder to shift until you have to force it out of gear and in to the next any help would be awesome
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-16-2018, 02:25 AM
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Re: Clutch issues

It's not releasing, if your hydraulics are working it's probably new clutch time.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-17-2018, 01:08 AM
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Re: Clutch issues

Check the clutch pedal and linkage bushings for slop as they are infamous for it. Also make sure you inspect the clutch master rod eye that the bushing goes into for abnormal wear as simply putting a new bushing in a worn eye will disintegrate the bushing in short order. Cheers!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-23-2018, 04:42 PM
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Re: Clutch issues

As said above check all the bushings and pedal assembly under the dash. Just went through this myself. Also...if you have a spongy clutch you can bleed it using the bleeder valve and an Allen wrench underneath the truck. When you add the DOT 3 (if need be) make sure you remove the rubber seal that is at the top of the reservoir, or you'll be adding in vain.
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