Repair Pontiac Mid-size 1974-1983 Repair Guide

Adjustment

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FREE-PLAY





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Fig. Fig. 1 Clutch pedal free-play (all models similar)

  1. Total clutch pedal free-play should be between 3 / 4 in. and 1 in. The free-play is adjusted by means of a threaded rod which rides in the outer end of the throwout bearing arm.
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  3. To adjust the free-play, first remove the pedal return spring.
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  5. Loosen the locknut on the equalizer rod (the fork rod in illustration).
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  7. Adjust the rod length by turning the rod. When the release bearing (throwout bearing) is just lightly resting on the fingers of the pressure plate, the adjustment should be just about right.
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  9. Check the clutch pedal free-play. There should be no more than one inch of free-play before resistance is encountered. If there is too much free-play, the clutch will not engage fully. If there is too little, the pressure plate will ride against the clutch all the time and the clutch will wear out quickly.
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  11. Tighten the lock rod nut and install the return spring.
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