What to know about the Clutch Cable Adjuster:
The clutch cable adjuster helps to maintain the tension on the clutch cable so that the clutch pad does not slip while in operation. With regards to the make, model, and year of the vehicle, you will find either a manual or automatic cable adjuster.
The clutch cable is made up of an inner cable sliding in an outer sheath. The clutch cable adjuster is positioned either underneath the vehicle where it enters the clutch or at the vehicle firewall where it enters the vehicle ending at the gear box.
Concerning vehicles with a manual cable adjuster, one of your expert mechanics can adjust the cable for clearance if needed, giving the cable the required amount of free play before it moves the lever. Sometimes, though, the cable might become stretched, the adjuster worn or broken, requiring replacement.
Facts to Note:
In addition to checking your vehicle’s clutch cable adjuster, one of your expert mechanics will check the other cable parts to ensure they are in proper functioning order.
If the problem continues, the mechanic might have to check the transmission and clutch to see if the problem lies in one of those parts.
Regardless of the type of adjuster, manual or automatic, checking and adjusting the cable on a regular basis allow a mechanic to catch any problems before they get worse.
How to Fix:
The battery is disconnected. The trim panel above clutch pedal is removed.
The faulty cable adjuster is disconnected from the clutch pedal adjusting arm and removed.
The new clutch cable adjuster is fixed and connected to clutch pedal arm.
The clutch is adjusted and tested to make it operates smoothly without binding. Trim panel installed.
The battery is reconnected and the vehicle is road tested to ensure proper operation of the clutch and clutch pedal.
Follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended upkeep schedule when having a mechanic service your clutch cable adjuster and other clutch parts. This includes checking the cable and the adjuster about every 6,000 to 10,000 miles, or about every other oil change.
One of your expert mechanics will grease the cable to ensure it continues to perform properly. The mechanic will also adjust the cable, using the adjuster, if necessary.
SEE ALSO:WHAT ARE SIGNS OF A BAD CLUTCH CABLE
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Clutch Cable Adjuster:
Clutch pedal feels heavy
Clutch slips while in use
Vehicle fails to go into gear
Importanceof this service:
Changing the clutch cable adjuster when you first notice slippage is essential, as a faulty adjuster can interfere with the vehicle going into gear properly and can even cause clutch failure. If you experience problems with your clutch cable, have one of your expert mechanics examine your vehicle and fix any issues you might have before the problem grows worse.