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Broken Clutch Pedal Return Spring


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The left "leg" of my clutch pedal return spring is missing; I assume it broke off sometime ago because I can't find the broken piece in the pedal box.

 

Question is can I drive without the spring for a bit? Honestly I don't know how long it's been broken and i've been driving this car almost daily for the past year.

 

Also the bolt and plastic bushings that hold the clutch pedal to the MC are in new condition, and there's no slop to the pedal in any way; the spring's just there to assist, right?

 

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'72 Metallic Malaga 2002 with a '73 M10 | Dual Weber DCOE 40s | E21 5spd and LSD | Pertronix II

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4 hours ago, Buckeye said:

Here is snapshot of clutch pedal spring and adjustment.

 

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Want to dig deeper, attached PDF file walk you thru entire pedal box. 

 

FOOT_PEDALS.PDF 7.56 MB · 3 downloads

 

Thanks Buckeye.

 

That spring diagram might be for the earlier model, I don't have the eyelet (5) and my pedal spring sits on the shaft to the left of the pedal.

 

I do have the service book printed out though, i'll be referencing it when I get the replacement spring this week, and probably asking more questions through this thread =D

'72 Metallic Malaga 2002 with a '73 M10 | Dual Weber DCOE 40s | E21 5spd and LSD | Pertronix II

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1 hour ago, 72MetallicMalaga said:

That spring diagram might be for the earlier model, I don't have the eyelet (5) and my pedal spring sits on the shaft to the left of the pedal.

 

That picture is for the clutch return spring used on US spec 2002s up to VIN 1665200--with the coil spring pressure plate vs the diaphragm plate.  It's actually left over from the original adaption of the 1600's mechanical clutch linkage to the hydraulic setup on the 2002.  Item 6 on the photo below is the infamous "horseshoe" known to all early 02ers because it wears through and/or wears through its mounting peg on the clutch pedal.

 

Later cars have a completely different setup with a coil spring that's wrapped around the pedal shaft.  

 

mike

 

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