Clutch Adjustment

See also our Clutch Adjustment Discussion.


  1. Press down lightly on the clutch pedal and, with a ruler, measure the distance that it moves freely before the clutch resistance is felt. This freeplay should be within the limits of 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. If it isn't, it must be adjusted.
  2. Raise the rear of the car and support it securely on jackstands.
  3. The clutch cable adjuster is located under the vehicle on the left side of the transaxle adjacent to the upper engine mounting.
  4. Have an assistant depress the clutch pedal completely. Place a 3-inch extension between the clutch lever and the body, then release the clutch. This will relieve the tension on the cable so the adjusting nut can be turned freely.
  5. Note: Alternately, lubricate the adjusting nut with a suitable lubricant such as WD-40 so that the nut can be
    turned freely.

  6. Loosen the locknut (older models use a locknut on the cable, newer models have an indent on the nut so it will turn 1/2 turn for each indent) and turn the adjustment wingnut (clockwise to tighten) until the freeplay is correct. It may be necessary to hold the cable with a locking plier to prevent it from twisting.
  7. Set the adjusting nut so that there is 1/2 to 3/4 inch of freeplay in the clutch pedal.
  8. After adjusting the pedal freeplay, tighten the locknut (if equipped).
  9. Recheck the pedal freeplay.

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