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Clutch Cable replacement blunders
Posted 19 November 2009 - 07:20 PM
it broke in the driveway as I returned from work... so I ordered parts and
waited for the arrival, which was today..and the sun was shining so that's cool, right.. knock this puppy out over lunch..
so I read up on the replacement procedures in my "Compleat Idiot's Guide for Subarus"
here's how this simple procedure quickly became a huge PITA
While attempting to disconnect the "Clevis Pin" yoke connection at the clutch pedal, I realized the pin was installed with the head of the pivot pin sandwiched against the stamped bracket of the whole pedal assembly, which meant there wasn't room to back out the clevis pin enough to free the clutch cable. WTF!!
i thought, maybe I can swing the clutch enough to clear that bracket..
So after disconnecting a few plugs into the ECU and removing more dash hardware, I could *almost* swing the clutch pedal up and towards the drivers seat enough for the clevis pin to clear that freak'n stamped bracket that was blocking it's removal... but there still wasn't enough clearance for
Much more shoving and prying with screwdrivers continued until it was forced past the bracket.. so 30 minutes later, I had finally removed the broken clutch cable...
upon comparison of the old cable to the shiny new one, it was obvious the new cable would not fit and was the wrong length.. what a kick in the pants that was!! back to part store; saturday delivery of new 'correct' part is scheduled...
So, have I missed something obvious with the removal, or is this par for the course with Subaru clutch cables...
it could get worse, I'm not finished..
Posted 19 November 2009 - 07:31 PM
And you WANT an OEM cable. They are like $18. To the dealer my friend.....
Posted 19 November 2009 - 07:44 PM
BUT that explains my WTF moment, and I did ponder the clutch pedal attachement for a moment, but thought "there's no freak'n way that has to come off for a cable replacement". :lol:
just what I get for rushing though a job, and topper for this blunder will be some electrical issue I have due to shoving the pedal up into the dash...
thanks very much for the clarification! I can't do anything but laugh at this point
Posted 19 November 2009 - 07:47 PM
Posted 19 November 2009 - 07:48 PM
Posted 19 November 2009 - 07:50 PM
thanks again , very informative . murph
No problem. I suppose my docs should be linked to the board somehow, but they aren't. I wrote that like 4 or 5 years ago.
Posted 19 November 2009 - 08:16 PM
Posted 19 November 2009 - 08:22 PM
Posted 19 November 2009 - 08:30 PM
It's a hard-copy document
I've got a feeling when I get home tonight I'll find that it states "remove the
clutch pedal" in the book too.... ha!!
Your online guide to clutch cable replacement is great; thanks for that link!
Posted 19 November 2009 - 08:39 PM
I thought you were talking about something I hadn't seen. I should have known that such a thing couldn't exist
Posted 19 November 2009 - 08:44 PM
Posted 22 November 2009 - 11:23 AM
after GD's great step-by-step document was provided!
Thanks general disorder!
Btw- I did order from the dealer, but they sold an aftermarket israel-made
part that looked a bit sturdier than the Italian Luk brand I picked up
at autozone, which looked like the cable that failed.. Dealer part was 34 bucks
vs 16 at autozone
my cable failed at the clutch pedal bracket, the cable itself didn't break.
Posted 22 November 2009 - 12:04 PM
Glad you got it fixed.
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