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1992 Ford Escort Question: Clutch is squishy and it is difficult to shift, often grinding gears. Pls advise

 

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Gamzu l tovah, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Daytona Beach, FL, September 24, 2013, 18:35
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Approximately one week ago I began to notice I was grinding gears when shifting, which I attributed to inattention at first, but then I noticed i was experiencing gradually increasing difficulty in shifting and gear grinding. Today, sept. 24th, the clutch went soft and shifting difficulty has increased to the point that I believe it is unsafe to drive the car.

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    goodguy September 24, 2013, 20:08
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    you either need a new clutch or you have a bad slave cyl either way will probably have to pull the tranny to inspect it

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    globalhelper, September 25, 2013, 06:13
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    AGREE WITH GOODGUY BUT IF SLAVE IS LEAKING REPL BOTH SLAVE CYL AND CLUTCH MASTER AT THE SAME TIME. CK FLUID LEVEL IN CLUTCH MASTER CYL

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    pushrod September 25, 2013, 06:23
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    Mechanic needed to check this out for you hands on! Most likely suspect is low fluid from a leaking master/slave cylinder or the line between the two. All of these parts are external and can be replaced without trans. removal.

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