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The clutch on my Escort went out today. It has been slipping for a while, it just was still drivable. (in my eyes) When I first bought the car, I could tell it was slipping. My dad suggested I get it replaced before I get stranded somewhere. (What are the chances of me doing that and listening to him???) Good news is I got to work ok, and got the car back home alright. I had to have a friend push me from behind in his Bronco. It won't go anywhere anymore. It's really bad, you can smell the clutch, you can even put the car in gear, and let go of the clutch, and it won't stall.
I took a look underneath the front wheel drive car. It isn’t as cramped as I thought it would be down there. I saw a cross member, a tranny mount, a motor mount, and the oil pan, and the transmission. From what I see I have to drop the cross member, and loosen the motor mounts to get the tranny out right? I'll need to place a jack under the motor to keep that in place, and then separate the transmission from the fly wheel.
My dad thinks it's something we can do in the garage. Before we tackle it head first is there anyone out there who can just wave the red flag and say it isn’t worth doing it yourself? Or anyone who has done something similar in the past and can offer any advise? I'd really appreciate it. I just ordered the clutch, and it was only $125 but the labor is $300 at pep boys. That is an option too, $425 and it’ll be done in a day. My dad thinks we can do it though. I’d like to do it myself even it it takes a few nights off and on. I don’t want to put the extra $300 into the car. I only bought it for $500. Is this something we can do ourselves?
If I do the install on it myself, any advise?
Thanks, Shane
 

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shane,
I'd recommend buying a haynes or chilton's manual. They give a good description on how to do basic do-it-yourself repairs. For the escorts, they even have a basic engine breakdown section, but don't go into transmission breakdown. They also show you the steps on how to take out the clutch and they have pics too. Make sure you've got an alignment tool with your clutch, and it's also a good time to put a new throwout bearing in there too.

If you have the right tools, it shouldn't take you more than a few hours to do. This is definetly something a do-it-youselfer can do.
 

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siragan said:
I'd recommend buying a haynes or chilton's manual.
I think the Hayes or Chilton manuals both suck. You can pick up a used Factory Service manual (and EVTM manual) off eBay (or one on CD) pretty cheap usually. Don't waste your money on Chiltons or Hayes!
 

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thanks for the replies. I tried picking up a manual from pep Boys, but they were out. My dad is going to try Farm and Fleet once. If we cant get one of those, ill try ebay. Has anyone replaced it themselves? I'd like to hear some tips or even if it is worth it and if I can do it. Or pay the $300 now and be done with it... thanks, Shane
 

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well i wrote a step-by-step tutorial on how to swap the motor on a 1.8 gt that NO ONE was interested in back when i had to do it january of last year....its a good amount of pages and shows step by step....so if u are interested, just let me know..
 

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First time doing a clutch took me 5 hours working 2 hours wasting time. I replaced mine with a centerforce dual friction. Cost me about 280 bucks. I recommend replacing the throw out bearing at the same time and either a new flywheel or have it resurfaced.

Hardest part I think is the rear engine mount and the subframe, and removing the half-shafts.
 

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thanks for the reply. I am going to just bring it to the dealership and they are doing it for $250 on the side. I dont have time and dont feel like messing with it. The problem is, the car is at my house. The clutch is gone, I put it in first and let off the clutch, and it doesnt ingage, or the car doesnt stall. Is there anyway you can think of that I can get the car to the dealership other than towing it? Can I adjust the clutch at all, or is it gone? Thanks, Shane
 
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