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  1. #1 Ford Clutch Quadrant Options 
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    While out driving this summer something dropped on my foot. I stopped the car and found a fairly substantial spring in the foot well. I didn’t recognise it but everything seemed to work fine so I continued on my way. Back home a bit of research identified it as the snappily titled “Spring - clutch pedal retracting cable assy - clutch release”. The spring tensions the clutch cable adjustment quadrant. My first instinct was to just try hooking it back where it came from. I soon realised that the only way the spring could have escaped was if the quadrant had broken. Picture from FordoPedia the spring is part 17, the quadrant part 20.

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    I am constantly being told by wife and daughter that I should do yoga classes to keep my body supple. I can assure them that extracting a clutch and brake assembly from a Marlin is a far more comprehensive workout. Requiring, laying on the seat squab with legs in the air. I took the best part of a morning to remove it and another morning to get it all back again. Changing the part took 30 seconds.

    Sure enough the plastic around the hole had split releasing the spring.

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    The reason for my tale is that Ford makes the quadrant with different rolling radii. The standard Sierra one fitted to my car is yellow 45mm radius. They are also available in white 50mm and black 55mm. My Zetec engine bolted to a type 9 gearbox is not a Ford option. Despite using thicker clutch release bearing from a Capri the clutch bite point was very low. I found my lazy foot not pressing quite far enough. The clutch pedal does not “roll” far so I was sceptical that it would make much difference, a little harder to push but a little less far to push to disengage. I was right it does not make much difference but it is perceptibly better in use. The new 55mm quadrant does lift the bite point perceptibly. I wouldn’t do the Marlin yoga unless you have too but if you find yourself needing to renew the clutch quadrant of if you are engaged in a new build it’s certainly worth considering.

    Disappointingly, my lazy foot has quickly adjusted to the new bite point.
    Paul
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  2. #2 Re: Ford Clutch Quadrant Options 
    frequent forum contributor Club Member chris_cussen's Avatar
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    Hmm!
    My Cabrio very occasionally lets out a bang and the clutch pedal slips a bit. Afetrwards it all works OK, but I have assumed it is something to do with the quardant slipping a tooth. I have bought a new quadrant but the thought of inverted yoga has put me off until there is a more significant failure.
    Never realised there ware different sizes......
    Cabrio, Omex 2.0l 150bhp Zetec blacktop, Omex ECU and wiring loom.
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  3. #3 Re: Ford Clutch Quadrant Options 
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    HaHa I remember the Yoga thing very well!!
    When I first bought the car I came close to Stuffing it through a Hedge because stomping on the brake pedal with a large pair of boots on meant stomping on the throttle at the same time which resulted in not enough stopping!
    I lay in the Footwell and dismantled the whole pedal arrangement and added spacers so this could not happen again
    So I know where you guys are coming from!!
    So go for it Chris you know you want to
    By the way I'm sure my quadrant was Red?
    Stapley Bryan
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  4. #4 Re: Ford Clutch Quadrant Options 
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    The quadrant on my old 2.0L GL sierra was yellow. The clothes peg shaped spring can fail or the pawl can just get gummed up with old lube and carpet fibres etc, the latter giving intermittent problems. The broken spring hole is yet another cause for me to add to my store of knowledge! Peter.
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  5. #5 Re: Ford Clutch Quadrant Options 
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    It looks like the black 55mm ones are also available in red. Good ol' Henry!
    Paul
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