Re: 97 250 4X4 5 SPEED- SHIFTING TROUBLE
Here's what happened: about 10 years or so ago, the original master cylinder push rod end "eye" broke (it was just plastic too!). Somewhere there was a bulletin calling for an upgrade to a MC with a metal rod end, BUT of course there was a catch. The old hose won't fit the new MC. And a new hose that fits the new MC won't fit the old slave cylinder. So to upgrade, you had to buy the MC and the hose and the slave cylinder. So I did, and all worked well, until I upgraded my clutch last summer. I couldn't get the system to bleed for the life of me, so I bought the aluminum-body MC that you saw.
If I had to do it all over again, I'd buy the pre-assembled/pre-bled MC/hose/slave from Rock Auto. (Then of course put my brass bushing in the rod end eye of the new MC rather than the Ford plastic one)
More info courtesy of Steve Baz's site:
"In the event that the Plastic clutch master cylinder rod has broken, you will be compelled to do one of two things to make the repair. You will either purchase a new clutch master cylinder, or you could find a metal clutch master rod and modify it (grinding) to fit the existing old style clutch master. Well if you figure you will just suck it up and buy the Master, well there is a problem: If you choose to purchase a new clutch master cylinder you will be forced to purchase three additional hydraulic clutch components, to the tune of $350. The reason for this is that Ford no longer sells a direct replacement for the original clutch master cylinder. They sell an “improved” replacement clutch master that uses a steel rod. (This clutch master is the one currently used on 1996- 1997 Manual Transmission F-Series’.) It is entirely incompatible with the hydraulic clutch components that are in your truck. Unfortunately, if you choose this route, this fix is going to involve bringing a shopping bag to the dealer because this is what you will need to get you shifting again:
· New Clutch master cylinder with metal rod Ford Part # F2TZ7A543D
· New Slave cylinder Ford Part # E3TZ7A564A
· New Neutral Safety Switch Ford Part # FF57Z11A152A
· New High Pressure Line Ford Part #. F5TZ7A512A
One good thing about the 1996 – 1997 F-Series is that the metal rod is unlikely to break but if it does the only replacement part needed would be the Clutch master cylinder. Or find a rod in a junkyard."
'94 F250 supercab 4x4, original owner, 4.10LS, DIY elec fuel, Tymar air, Beans tunes on VA 4 position chip, Adrenaline HPOP, VDO boost/pyro/outside temp gauges, Ford digital AIC, DPPI downpipe, gutted EBPV, modded turbo ped, Con OFE, add-a-leafs front/rear, Monroe Reflex shocks, Milemarker 449SS hubs...coming soon: 6.0 IC...wish list: Stage 2's