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88 gt 5.0 keeps snapping clutch cables

Old 08-22-2012, 02:45 PM
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Default 88 gt 5.0 keeps snapping clutch cables

I have a 1988 gt 5.0 with a T5 5 speed. I noticed awhile back that the clutch pedal suddenly became stiff as heck and then a few days later the cable snapped. I installed a new cable, made adjustments to the firewall adjuster and the cable was fine for a few weeks. Then as I was driving I noticed the pedal slowly getting sloppy until I could push all the way too the floor and the clutch would not disengage. I lifted the car and inspected and saw that the cable had unraveled at the shift fork, so another broken cable. I then decided to drop the transmission and replace the clutch and inspect all components. The only thing I forgot to check was the pivot ball and shift fork itself but they did not catch my eye as needing replacement. So after I threw everything back together with new clutch, throwout bearing, and cable, adjusted everything again, and the car seemed fine for a day or so then the stiff pedal came back and yet again snapped the cable. The cable is routed running along the oil pan with no sharp bends or anything that should cause it to snap, so my question is could a worn pivot ball or shift fork cause these problems? I mean, the pedal gets so stiff your practically throwing all your weight into it to shift, then it snaps. This problem just throws me through a loop because i will have awesome smooth clutch for awhile then it gets stiff and snaps my cables. I really don't know where else to check, so please if anyone has encountered this please help me out!!!
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:11 PM
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do you still have the plastic quad on the clutch pedal? are you using a ford cable? are you using the cable bracket?
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:56 AM
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no i have an aluminum quad. i am using the cable bracket and the clutch cable listed on this site:
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:44 PM
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With that knowledge, I'd say stop using cheap cables. OE replacement cables are made for OE clutch sets. They snap when you introduce high tension pressure plate/clutch combos.

Buy this:
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:49 PM
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Just get a new fork and pivot and then get a OE ford cable. You'll have to get one for a new model mustang since the fox one is discontinued but it will still work. I think the bracket is different but you really dont need it.

Aftermarket cables are made different from the OE ford one and break easily. Also do not get a Ford Racing cable, it is NOT the same as the OE ford.
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Old 08-26-2012, 02:40 PM
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u can get maximum motorsports same as oe ford clutch cable, theyre good. thats what i got on mine
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