Ford Thunderbird/Cougar 1983-1997 Repair Guide



Since the hydraulic system provides automatic clutch adjustment, no adjustment of the clutch linkage or pedal height is required on vehicles with the master and slave cylinder actuator system.


Vehicles not equipped with a hydraulic clutch actuator system (1983-86) are equipped with a linkage or cable system which have self-adjusting cable clutches. No adjustments are necessary.

The self-adjusting feature should be checked every 5,000 miles. This is accomplished by insuring that the clutch pedal travels to the top of its upward position. Grasp the clutch pedal with your hand or put your foot under the clutch pedal, pull up on the pedal until it stops. Very little effort is required (about 10 lbs.) During the application of upward pressure, a click may be heard which means an adjustment was necessary and has been accomplished.