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Old 04-05-2013, 03:52 PM
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Bad Pressure Plate ? NEWBIE !

Hey everyone, new to the forum.

Bought a new to me 1997 f250 Powerstroke. When I bought it I was having a hard time getting it into reverse. Seemed to get worse, and then seemed to have clutch issues.

Clutch is letting out very close to the floor and difficult getting into any gear from a dead stop.
Did some research and ended up replacing the master and slave with the kit that is sold all one piece. Also did the plastic bushing delete with the small heim joint for the pedal at the same time.

Now that it is replaced, I see very little change if any.

It also jerks into gear when putting it in reverse.

Clutch or pressure plate ? Shift Fork is said to crack or go bad as well....

Any ideas or has anyone had the same issue ?
Thanks, Duane
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:11 PM
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Measure the fork movement as a friend operates the pedal. Very end of the fork should move about 1/2"-5/8". If it's less than that, then you still have to fix or adjust something upstream (hydraulics, pedal, heim joint, etc.) If you have that much movement, then the problem is downstream - fork, pressure plate, etc. For the life of me I can't find it, but I know there was a TSB about the fork, and Ford has a new improved version for not a lot of dollars.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:26 AM
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thanks for the reply. I'll check into the measurments.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:51 PM
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madpogue,

I'm convinced the fork issue was on the 99 trucks and I can't even find the TSB number for that (I found a lot of discussion on it but no one ever mentions the actual TSB/Recall/Oasis Broadcast, etc). The OBS fork is much different looking than the 99 fork (more solid, with no big openings in it like the 99). Here's the part number for the forks I've purchased from Ford if anyone needs it:

Clutch, Release Lever
(Ford) E7TZ-7515-A

Cheers!
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:13 AM
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So Patrick, it was the '99 and not the '97 that has the fork problem ?
Or is this a replacement fork off the '99 for the '97 ?
Will that fork work with the '97 is pretty much what I'm asking.
Thanks, Duane
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The only time I remember seeing talk about the clutch fork being a problem was on the 99 trucks (I've been on PSD forums since 2000 and lurking since about 1998). The part number I referenced above is for the OBS (94-97) trucks). Cheers!
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