How do I Adjust the Clutch on a 2005 Ford Focus?

Updated July 20, 2017

The clutch engages the engine to the transmission, and over time the parts begin to wear. If you feel there is no resistance in the vehicle for about three seconds after you push the clutch, the clutch will need to be adjusted. The 2005 Ford Focus has a hydraulic clutch, making it real simple to adjust the clutch at home.

Take the cap off the clutch fluid reservoir and check the fluid level. If the reservoir is below three-fourths, refill the reservoir with brake fluid and close the cap on the reservoir.

Lift the clutch pedal with your foot and hold it up for a minute. Because this is a hydraulic clutch, it self-adjusts in this position.

Check the adjustment to see if you are satisfied. If you're not satisfied, look under the dash and locate the stop-nut on the clutch arm that attaches to the clutch pedal.

Loosen the nut with a wrench and reposition the pedal in the desired position. Tighten the nut on the clutch arm and test the clutch again.

Loosen the adjustment nut on the clutch master cylinder with a wrench if you are still not satisfied with the clutch adjustment and set the adjustment rod. Lock the adjustment rod back into place by tightening the nut.

Things You'll Need

  • Brake fluid
  • Wrench
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About the Author

Mathew Godfrey started writing in 2010 for the Mt. Hood Community College publication, "The Advocate." He obtained an Associate of Science in Ford ASSET from the same college in 2007. Mathew is a Ford-certified and ASE-certified automotive technician with more than 10 years of experience in the automotive industry.