Keeping Up with the Clutch Fork
Though manual transmissions last longer than the automatic ones, it's still inevitable for it to wear out after constant use. If you start hearing rattling noises in the stick shift when driving, it's an indication that the clutch fork is damaged. Repairing it is better than spending on a new one worth tons of cash, but you have to be careful since this is a tricky job. So, here's a step-by-step guide to help you out.
Difficulty level: Moderate
- Jack stands
- Socket wrench
- 10mm Allen wrench
Step 1: Raise the automobile using a jack and onto the jack stands. Lift it high enough to be able to access the transmission.
Step 2: Take out the two bolts found on the starter.
Step 3: Remove the bolts found on the master cylinder, which is the small cylinder on the transmission that pushes on the clutch fork. Remember not to push the clutch pedal.
Step 4: Using the Allen wrench, take out the clutch fork cover on the transmission. Unbolt and remove the slave cylinder.
Step 5: Pull the clutch fork to remove it. Replace it with a new one.
Step 6: Put the slave cylinder back and reattach the clutch fork by using the Allen wrench.
Step 7: Put the master cylinder back in by bolting it using the bolts that you took out earlier.
Step 8: Reattach the starter and bolt it back with the bolts that you previously removed. And you're done!
- Be careful with the jack stands. See to it that you're using it correctly because improper use could cause serious injury or worse, death.
- Always remember from where you take out the bolts because by the end, you will end up with a lot of them in similar shapes and sizes. Be sure to keep them separated so that you'll know which bolts goes with what component.
- Be sure to wear protective gear such as latex gloves to keep your hands safe and closed-toe shoes to avoid injury.
- Work on a level ground, such as inside your garage, so that you won't have a hard time lifting up the vehicle and slipping the jack stands in.
With this repair guide, you can surely get your clutch fork repaired in no time. Just pack up a lot of patience and you'll surely get the job done without hassles. Good luck!