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Drivetrain 98 Escort LX 2.0L SOHO Hydraulic Transmission Line (manual clutch)

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  1. SereneGreen

    SereneGreen New Member

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    1998 Ford Escort LX 4cyl. 2.0L SOHC - Manual Clutch pedal not coming up off floor on it's own (can pull it up) and unable to shift while car is running (will shift into 1st and 3rd when car is off).

    The clutch pedal must be manually lifted by hand from the floor when trying to bleed brake fluid.

    Replaced the slave cylinder and found that there is a significant leak on the hydraulic transmission line, squirting out brake fluid when the clutch pedal is moved up and down. The first image below shows the exact location of the leak (right at the coupling). The 2nd image below shows a side view of the clutch line location, with the battery holding bracket over the top of it.
    Tried to find a replacement locally, but no one seems to carry it. Ford has discontinued the part (hydraulic transmission line). Tried to order Centrics Part# 151.45020 from different vendors online, even those cross-referencing the part with Mazda, but the orders were cancelled by the vendors with the reason "out of stock" and "unable to determine when restock is available". One vendor sent the wrong part, a Dorman brake hose # H380166, which not even closely resembles what I need (rather, the one they sent looks like a caliper brake hose).

    Need help fast with determining what to do next, if any special tools are involved in removing this line, maybe some cost perspectives if you know of any, and if I am looking at replacing any other parts other than this hydraulic transmission line and the master cylinder.

    Need the car ASAP to find employment! Any ideas and advice for repair are welcome. Thanks in advance.

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  2. Intuit

    Intuit FEOA Member

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    You're driving SOHO... what are you doing on Earth !? ;)
    You mean SOHC which stands for Single OverHead Camshaft.

    If this is a hard line you can either snatch a replacement from the junkyards or custom-bend replacements.

    There are some threads here concerning brake line replacement and will be relevant to this situation as well...
    http://www.google.com/webhp?&q=site:feoa.net denisond3 brake line
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    LOL...I ask myself the same question all the time. Thanks for pointing it out. :D Sorry.
    Yes, I meant SOHC.

    Thank you for the link reference. I will check that out here shortly.

    Just to clarify the picture, it's the 7T504 part in this diagram:

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    Technically, the Dorman H380166 probably should have worked, it cross references as the clutch hydraulic hose for a 92 Mazda MX3 which should me almost the same. A Dorman
    H380178 cross references for a 91-96 Escort as well as the Protege. You other option is probably going to be going to to a junkyard and pulling a good one.
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    Thank you, madmatt2024. I don't remember the measurements of the fittings, but will get that tomorrow morning (getting late here). Originally when I looked at the assembly inside the car (which b/f at the time took apart to get to), it looked to be all metal tubing. After going out there to inspect again today, I see now (and more so in concurrence with the Ford diagram) that it is in fact pressurized rubber hose. After I compare the fitting sizes tomorrow morning, I'll look to the next step of replacing the hose with the Dorman one I still have on hand, if you're in fact right.
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    Being that I currently have the Dorman H380166 part number, it is not a fit for the 7T504 Ford clutch hose. I checked online with Dorman and their part # H380178 shows as a cross-reference for the 7T504 hose, but when selecting the vehicle match, it shows not to be the correct part either. I called Dorman, and they confirmed that they do not carry a match for my 98 Escort.

    So, currently I am on a search for someone local who can possibly custom make the hydraulic hose. :-/
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    Disassembling a mx3 gs (with g series trans) I learned the hard linethat goes from slave to bracket where the rubber line mounts is different than on my escort, the rubber line on the mx3 is shorter too.
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    You might be able to get by for a time with just a metal brake line if you allow for the small amount of engine movement

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