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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-29-2001, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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How do remove the clutch pedal?

I trying unsuccessfully to get my clutch pedal out of my '82 CJ7. I first took out the four bolts holding the brake booster/pedal assembly. After a thorough look, there are several more bolts holding the assembly to the steering column. Even if I take these out, it doesn't look like the whole thing will come out- not enough room. So I put 'em back.

The manual says to just remove the snap ring on the pivot. Then I can get the pedal off. Yeah right! I spent a half hour looking at the end of the pivot and can't find the snap ring. What kind is it? How do get it out of there?

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Re: How do remove the clutch pedal?

There are 4 bolts on the booster/firewall and a couple at the top that go to the adjuster bracket on the steering column and another bracket that holds it all to to the cowl. It might be possible to remove the column bracket (another 4 bolts I think) then drop the column a little and contort the pedal assembly out from behind the dash, but if I were doing it I'd pull the dash and eliminate the headache.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 12-29-2001, 08:37 PM
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Re: How do remove the clutch pedal?

I recently changed out the clutch pedal and yes there is a snap ring up in there that is a b*tch to get out. You might try to either feel for the snap ring and try and point the 2 holes in the ring downward. Next, get some snap ring pliers with 90 degree curve and pray you will be able to get the snap ring off. I ended up taking the whole pedal assembly off and was very angry when I discovered how easy the clutch pedal came off once that damn ring was removed. The pliers with the bent nose should help out alot.

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Re: How do remove the clutch pedal?

Did you remove the Overcenter spring yet,On my 80 CJ it is heavy duty enough to cause the bearing to groove itself into the shaft it rides on,which made the pedal itself harder to remove ,also I had to remove or loosen the fuse box to slide it off the the shaft.Yes there is a snapring on there and it takes a snapring plier with a small tip and bent 90* or so .I actually had to bend mine because the pliers I have has interchangable tips and the set that was bent was too large to fit the holes.
It also takes some patience and cussing when it runs low.

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 12-30-2001, 12:54 AM
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Re: How do remove the clutch pedal?

Yup, I ended up removing the spring. I used a pair of visegrips to hold one end of the spring and with much cussing, sweating, and a good supply of performance enhancing sport drinks (Beer), I ended up getting the spring out of the pedal assembly. I agree -- it is one tough muther. I had to change the clutch pedal bacause I switched from a hydralic to a standard mechanical linkage setup. Oh, and by the way I think the ends of my pliers were too large also. I had to file them down a little to get them to work. Personally, I think the pedal assembly was designed by Satan.

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