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Maintenance - Gearbox and Clutch
Gearbox is of the constant mesh type, having four
forward gears and one reverse.
On the 997cc vehicles, synchromesh engagement is
on second, third and top gears. 1200cc vehicles
have synchromesh on all forward gears.With the
gear lever in the top position, the drive through
the gearbox is direct.
The clutch is released by an
hydraulic system which is actuated by the clutch
The hydraulic system is fed from a reservoir
integral with the master cylinder and, provided
this is kept topped up to the correct level with
an approved brake fluid, no other attention
should be required.
Should air enter the system, as might occur if
the fluid level was allowed to fall unduly, your
Authorised Ford Dealer will be able to bleed the
system for you.
Linkage Free Travel
Check the amount of free travel on the clutch
release arm and adjust as necessary. The correct
clutch free movement should be 1/16 in (1.6mm)
measured in terms of clearance between the end of
the adjusting nut and the clutch release arm.
movement is indicated by the amount that
the pedal can be pressed downwards before the
hydraulic pressure commences to operate the
release mechanism. The clearance between the
clutch release bearing and the clutch fingers
must be maintained at all times and is provided
by the clearance as described above.
|Check the Clutch Adjustment
At Operating Cylinder
- (1000 Mile Service)
The amount of free travel on the clutch release
arm should be checked and adjusted if necessary.
The clearance between the end of the clutch
operating rod adjusting nut and the clutch
release arm should be 1/16 in (1.6mm)
Compensation for wear is easily made by adjusting
the length of the clutch operating rod. To obtain
the correct clearance, disconnect the release arm
return spring, slacken the operating rod locknut
and turn the domed adjusting nut at the end of
the push rod clockwise to increase the free
movement and anti-clockwise to reduce it.
making the adjustment, ensure that the locknut is
tightened and the return spring is re-located.
|Check the Clutch Fluid
- (Weekly Service)
The brake and clutch fluid reservoirs are located
in the engine compartment on the drivers
side of the car and are integral with their
master cylinders. When checking or replenishing
the system wipe the sides of the reservoirs and
caps with a clean dry cloth to prevent any dirt
entering the system. Do not use a cloth that is
greasy or has been soaked in petrol or paraffin
Remove each cap by unscrewing it and
top up if necessary to the level indicated on the
reservoir casing (approximately 5/8 in (16mm)
from the rim). Use only the correct brake fluid, obtainable from your Authorised
MINERAL OILS MUST NOT BE USED IN ANY
CIRCUMSTANCES FOR TOPPING UP THE RESERVOIRS.
fluid in the reservoir can result in air entering
the clutch operating system. This would cause
difficulty in disengaging the clutch,
necessitating bleeding the air from
the hydraulic system. This operation, if required
at any time, should be carried out by an
Authorised Ford Dealer.
|Check the Gearbox Oil Level
- (1000 Mile Service)
With the car
standing on level ground, remove the combined
filler and level plug, which is located on the
side of the gearbox. Check the oil level, which
should be level with the bottom of the filler
plug hole. If required, top up with Extreme Pressure Gear Oil. The oil may be added by
means of a suitable gun through the combined
level and filler plug until the level reaches the
bottom of the filler plug hole. Replace the
filler plug and tighten securely.
oil in the gearbox should be maintained to the
level of the filler plug at all times.
Insufficient oil will accelerate wear on the
gearbox parts, whilst too high an oil level may
result in the oil passing into the clutch housing
with consequent ill effects on the clutch facings
the Gearbox Oil - (At first 5000 Miles only)
Preferably drain the gearbox when the car has
just completed a long run and the oil is warm.
Place a suitable container under the gearbox
drain plug and remove the drain plug at the
bottom of the housing. Replace the plug securely
after draining the oil. Remove the filler plug
and refill the gearbox with Extreme Pressure gear oil of the correct grade until
it reaches the level of the filler plug hole.
Information taken from Various Ford
Anglia Instruction Books and Handbooks..
The Health and Safety bit.
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risk if you do not take sensible safety
precautions. Never work under an unsupported
vehicle, do not take shortcuts. If you feel that
the task is beyond your capabilities, then employ
the services of a trained professional. The Owner
of this Website nor the author cannot be held
responsible for any accidents or injury arising
from advice given on this webpage. Safety advice
can be obtained from the RoSPA.