Clutch assist spring removal help

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Clutch assist spring removal help

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Post by PacificaXR7GT » 21 Oct 2019, 14:15

I'm sure there is a trick to this and somebody here knows it:

Is there a way to remove/reinstall the clutch assist spring without having the entire pedal hanger assembly out of the car? I'm talking about the large spring under the dash which connects the clutch pedal to the spring bracket on the pedal hanger assembly. This is on a 68 4 speed with power disc brakes.

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Post by preaction » 21 Oct 2019, 16:09

Steve, have you looked in the shop manual for the disassembly procedure. Its not easy its a very strong spring and it should have a plastic cressent shaped insulator on each end of the spring.
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Post by PacificaXR7GT » 21 Oct 2019, 16:32

preaction wrote:
21 Oct 2019, 16:09
Steve, have you looked in the shop manual for the disassembly procedure. Its not easy its a very strong spring and it should have a plastic cressent shaped insulator on each end of the spring.
You know, I checked my assembly manuals but not the shop manual. I will have a look there.

The missing plastic insulators are why I’m doing the work. The spring creaks like crazy every time I put the clutch in.
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Post by Royce » 21 Oct 2019, 17:20

I think you have no choice. I would remove the driver's seat, steering column and then the pedal assembly. It's not that hard or time consuming. Basically removing parts and replacing parts. I bet you can do the entire job in two hours.
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Re: Clutch assist spring removal help

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Post by Midlife » 21 Oct 2019, 17:34

Ahhhh...there is a trick that I've read about. When the spring is fully extended (as much as you can), stick coins between the coils. Now move the clutch to where the spring is as short as possible. If you are lucky, it will fall right out. Putting it back in is just the reverse, but much more difficult to maneuver.

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Post by PacificaXR7GT » 21 Oct 2019, 20:52

Royce wrote:
21 Oct 2019, 17:20
I think you have no choice. I would remove the driver's seat, steering column and then the pedal assembly. It's not that hard or time consuming. Basically removing parts and replacing parts. I bet you can do the entire job in two hours.
Well, I already had the seat out so what’s a few more nuts and bolts. Thanks to everyone for the input!
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