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Old 06-30-2013, 08:47 AM
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ZF6 Help! Pushrod and pedal has me stranded

I was on my way to the lake and my clutch pedal starting going down to the floor as I was shifting gears. I had to reach down and pull it up to get it off the floor. I did this twice as I was looking for a place to pull over when I heard a pop and the clutch stopped working. Looked under the dash and the clutch safety switch was dangling with the pushrod on the floor.

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I did a lot of searching and it seems a plastic clip broke on the pushrod connecting it to the pedal assembly. The part number I found is 6C3Z-7A581-A. Is this correct?

The pushrod also came out of the firewall, I'm guessing the master cylinder? Is this repairable or will I have to buy a new assembly? There's no leaking fluid and I wasn't experiencing other issues before this happen
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yup, hit up ur local napa, and (here anyway), they removed that birdcage clip and handed it to me or find ur local ford dealer and buy one. Get 2, for a spare..( i keep mine in the "power supply" hole..lol. Crazy though, the "fingers" ttdidnt keep the rod in place. If you need to replace unit, get yourself the pre-bled system.
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yup, hit up ur local napa, and (here anyway), they removed that birdcage clip and handed it to me or find ur local ford dealer and buy one. Get 2, for a spare..( i keep mine in the "power supply" hole..lol. Crazy though, the "fingers" ttdidnt keep the rod in place. If you need to replace unit, get yourself the pre-bled system.
The birdcage clip you're referring to... is that what connects the pushrod to the pedal? If so, what did NAPA remove it from before they handed it to you?

What "fingers" are you talking about and isn't there something that should be connecting the pushrod to inside the master cylinder?
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yes, theres inward tabs..(fingers) that grasp the rod to hold it into the master cylinder. Weird how the rod fell out of the master cylinder since those tabs are bent inward...

yes, the "birdcage" clip is what holds the m/c rod to the protruding rod, off the clutch pedal. They had to remove it from a master cylinder unit, because i dont think its an item they stock.
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yes, theres inward tabs..(fingers) that grasp the rod to hold it into the master cylinder. Weird how the rod fell out of the master cylinder since those tabs are bent inward...

yes, the "birdcage" clip is what holds the m/c rod to the protruding rod, off the clutch pedal. They had to remove it from a master cylinder unit, because i dont think its an item they stock.


Well I used some bailin wire to connect the rod to the pedal and the clutch goes all the way to the floor with no return. It won't even let me get into gear so I'm guessing the cylinder is bad. I ordered a couple "birdcage" clips and a new master/slave assembly. I figure this will fix it for sure
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ya bud, seems that, with the extended movement of the plunger, in the master cylinder, it now has air in the system. Better off installing a pre-bled from Napa, o'reillys..etc, and be dome with it. Takes about 10min to install...super easy.
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ya bud, seems that, with the extended movement of the plunger, in the master cylinder, it now has air in the system. Better off installing a pre-bled from Napa, o'reillys..etc, and be dome with it. Takes about 10min to install...super easy.

Thanks for the help, I ordered everything from Tousley Ford
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cool...for future reference, the m/s assy your getting from Tousley, is the same from the auto stores...I did find a bit#@en assy from Advance Auto...ALL ALUMINUM and for the same price...130 buks. I'm on my 3rd assy, 170k. Got the aluminum one sitting on the workbench. I figure every 50k for me anyway, its getting a new one. Stupid plastic.
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