GM Grand Am/Achieva/Calais/Skylark/Somerset 1985-98

Clutch Cable

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Clutch bracket and cable assembly

  1. Support the clutch pedal upward against the bumper stop to release the pawl from the quadrant.
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  3. Disconnect the end of the cable from the clutch release lever at the transaxle. Be careful to prevent the cable from snapping toward the rear of the car. Allowing the cable to snap back can damage the quadrant in the adjusting mechanism.
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  5. From inside the car, remove the hush panel.
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  7. Disconnect the clutch cable from the quadrant. Lift the locking pawl away from the quadrant, then slide the cable out on the right side of the quadrant.
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  9. If necessary for access in the engine compartment, remove the windshield washer bottle.
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  11. From the engine side of the cowl, disconnect the two upper nuts holding the cable retainer to the upper studs. Disconnect the cable from the bracket mounted to the transaxle and remove the cable.
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  13. Inspect the clutch cable from signs of fraying, kinks, worn ends or excessive cable friction. Replace the cable if any of these problems are noted.
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To install:
  1. Place the gasket into position on the two upper studs, then position the cable with the retaining flange against the bracket.
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  3. Attach the end of the cable to the quadrant, being sure to route the cable underneath the pawl. Attach the two upper nuts to the retainer mounting studs and tighten.
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  5. Attach the cable to the bracket mounted to the transaxle.
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  7. Install the windshield washer bottle.
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  9. Support the clutch pedal upward against the bumper to release the pawl from the quadrant. Attach the outer end of the cable to the clutch release lever.
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Be sure NOT to pull on the cable, since overloading the cable could damage the quadrant.

  1. Check clutch operation and adjust by lifting the clutch pedal up to allow the mechanism to adjust the cable length. Depress the pedal slowly several times to set the pawl into mesh with the quadrant teeth.
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