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94 Ford F-150, Clutch Pedal Problems
Q: I noticed the clutch pedal movement gradually increased to the point where there was less and less pressure required to engage. I checked the fluid in my '94 F150 4x4 and noticed it seemed slightly down. The Owner's Manual says to add fluid to the "step" (whatever the step is)?? After adding fluid I noticed the fluid was contaminated but regained clutch usage. Any ideas why it would become contaminated or what repairs may be in store for me in the near future?

A: The fluid used in most hydraulic clutch assembles is brake fluid. Brake fluid, by design, absorbs moisture. Because of this ability, the fluid will darken as it becomes contaminated with moisture. Ideally, the fluid should be replaced, system flushed, every two years or so. As for future repairs, "where did the fluid go"? It's possible that the clutch master or clutch slave cylinder have a small leak, allowing the fluid level to drop. Have your technician inspect the clutch master and slave cylinder for any signs of leakage and replaced as needed.

 
     
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