Help me with friend's clutch
I have a friend with a 1999 V6 5 spd mustang. We looked at it yesterday and the clutch is acting funny. It seems as if it releases almost all the way at the top? Is this normal? Also it is very difficult to start out smoothly and requires a lot of gas...
I know it is going to be different to drive than my max motorsports firewall adjusted king cobra setup in my old 12 second fox coupe but it just didn't feel right at all...
It doesn't seem to be slipping however and the pedal seems nice and light and shifts fine between gears as I got on it a bit and was able to chirp second. I think I heard the occasional throw out bearing squeak but the brakes are squeaking pretty badly even unapplied so it could have been that.
I tried to pull up on the pedal to adjust it and there was no room to release and reset.
It has just over 100 K miles and they bought it used at 60 so it could be an original clutch.
I am thinking of setting the pawl/quadrant manually and telling her not to pull up on the pedal to lock in a lower release point and see if that helps but the way it shudders, clunks, etc when pulling out is disconcerting and with the mileage I am wondering if it needs a new clutch. The more I drove it the better I got but it was still very difficult and I have driven stick cars my whole life and my wife has a 4 cylinder acura rsx-s so it probably has less torque than this car and its easier to drive.
Thanks for any help you can offer us.
'90 LX Coupe 5spd
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