How to Replace a Clutch in a Mustangby Maggie O'Leary
Replacing the clutch in a Mustang takes about three hours to accomplish. Your Mustang's clutch should be replaced every 75,000 miles, or sooner if it shows more wear or fails. A new clutch will cost around $100 to $200, depending upon which branch you purchase.
Remove the Old Clutch
Remove the exterior parts, including the console and the shifter itself. Also remove the exhaust H-pipe.
Remove interior parts. This includes the starter, which is attached to the transmission bell-housing. Disconnect the clutch cable and the drive-shaft.
Remove the transmission. Undo the transmission cross-member and bolts, which will allow the transmission to come out of the Mustang.
Remove the bell-housing and pressure plate, and remove the worn clutch disk.
Inspect the clutch flywheel for damage, and replace if necessary.
Install the New Clutch
Install a new clutch disk and pressure plate, using a clutch alignment tool, which can be found at any local auto parts store or Ford dealership.
Replace the bell-housing, and put the transmission back into your Mustang. Reconnect the cross-member and all related bolts.
Reconnect all interior parts, including the starter, clutch cable and drive-shaft.
Reconnect the exhaust H-Pipe, reinstall the shifter and replace the console.
Drive your Mustang slowly in a controlled environment to make sure the new clutch is installed properly.
Things You'll Need
- Clutch alignment tool Screwdriver Metric wrench set Jack Clutch disk Pressure plate
Based in Oklahoma, Maggie O'Leary has been writing professionally since 2001. O'Leary has served in the United States military since 1997 and is a two-time OIF veteran. She has been published in several local military and civilian newspapers and national media outlets including "The Washington Post" and CNN. O'Leary has a Bachelor of Arts in history and legal studies.