Adjusting a clutch

The clutch couples the engine to the transmission, because of its continuous use, clutch parts are subject to wear, which is required to be adjusted to compensate for normal use. Step on the clutch pedal and moves beyond 2 or 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) before resistance is felt, you need to adjust the clutch. It is not difficult to make this setting, and you yourself can do in less than an hour, saving you the cost of time and labor, and the need for a tow.

You will need

  • Brake Fluid
  • A set of wrenches


Adjusting a clutch

  1. Determine if your vehicle has a hydraulic clutch is actuated or cable before attempting to make any adjustments. If it’s hydraulic fluid reservoir is clutch in the engine compartment.
  2. Remove the cap from the clutch fluid reservoir and check to see the level of liquid in the tank. If it is below 3/4 full, fill the book with brake fluid (see the tips section for more information) and put back the cover.
  3. Lift the clutch pedal with your foot by pulling it towards the seat of the car and keeping it there for a minute. Many vehicles come with a self-adjusting clutch, allowing the pedal to reset when pulled forward.
  4. Check the setting to see if you’re satisfied with the way the clutch feels after self-adjusting. If not, look under the dash to find the locking nut that connects to the pedal.
  5. Loosen the nut with a wrench, and put the pedal to the desired position. Once in place, tighten the nut and the clutch pedal test again.
  6. Sets the “game” exists in locating the clutch pedal clutch master cylinder and loosening the adjusting nut with a wrench. Set rod adjustment and secure it anywhere you want in place by tightening the nut.

Tips and Warnings

  • In hydraulic clutch pedals used brake fluid in the reserve tanks to operate the clutch.
  • To find the clutch adjusting nuts, see the handbook or owner’s Manual of service for your make and model of vehicle.
  • Allow your engine to cool before performing any mechanical work to avoid burns or other injuries.