Ford Thunderbird/Cougar 1983-1997 Repair Guide

Driven Disc and Pressure Plate


Models through 1986 employ a mechanically actuated clutch. Clutch release is accomplished through a cable linkage system. 1987 and later models use a hydraulically actuated clutch with a master cylinder, plastic reservoir, and slave cylinder


See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. If equipped with a hydraulic clutch system, disconnect the master cylinder from the clutch pedal.
  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  7. Remove the starter, as outlined in Engine Performance & Tune-up of this guide.
  9. If equipped with a hydraulic clutch, disconnect the hydraulic coupling at the transmission with Clutch Coupling Tool T88T-70522-A, or equivalent, by sliding the white plastic sleeve. Slide the sleeve toward the clutch slave cylinder and apply a slight tug on the tube.
  11. Remove the transmission, as outlined earlier in this section.
  13. Mark the cover and flywheel to facilitate reassembly in the same position. Loosen the six pressure plate cover attaching bolts evenly to release the spring pressure.

The pressure plate is held in place with only the retaining bolts. Support the pressure plate before removing the last retaining bolt.

  1. Remove the six attaching bolts while holding the pressure plate cover. Remove the pressure plate and clutch disc.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Clutch components-1985-86 2.3L engine

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Fig. Fig. 2: Clutch removal and installation on 1987-88 2.3L engines

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Fig. Fig. 3: Clutch components-1995 vehicle shown