BC Drivers: Understanding Clutch Terms for Ford Vehicles

May 25,2022

If you own a Ford vehicle with a manual transmission, then you are already aware of the clutch and what it does. For others, this concept may be foreign. So, this article is meant to help gain a basic understanding of this mechanism and how it works. The job of the clutch is to engage/disengaged the transmission via the rotating shafts. It is what allows you to switch gears by hand using a stick-shift. It has its own pedal - also called a third pedal - that is located on the left side of the brake pedal. You must depress it in order to disengage the clutch from the flywheel and change gears. If the manual transmission is hydraulically actuated, a small-bore hydraulic cylinder - known as the clutch master cylinder - is connected to the pedal to help actuate the clutch fork to complete the process of disengagement from the flywheel. There is also a clutch fork ball stud that acts as a pivoting point inside the housing unit. Clutch fluid is the liquid used to keep the hydraulic system from creating friction when you step on the pedal. The lines and hoses carry that fluid between the clutch master cylinder and the slave cylinder. Next, the bushing and linkage are parts of the mechanical connection between the clutch and the corresponding pedal - in a non-hydraulic system only. Contact Ford Parts BC to order online now!