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You are here: Home Tech Articles & Tutorials Engine/Transmission Replacing Clutch/Brake Pedal Bushings
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Replacing Clutch/Brake Pedal Bushings

 

Over time, the small plastic pivot bushings for your truck's clutch and brake will obviously wear out...normally from average use, but certain other conditions, like rusted front cab mounts, will cause them to wear more quickly than normal. Once the bushing itself has worn through and there's metal-to-metal contact, the pedal and/or the pedal mount will start destroy itself in short order. Replacing these bushings is an inexpensive and easy repair that shouldn't take you more than about 20-30 minutes.

For the ease of photography, the pictures below were taken of clutch and/or brake pedal assemblies already removed. However, you do not need to remove the entire assembly to change the bushings on trucks equipped with automatic transmissions, though it may be necessary to do so on some trucks equipped with manual transmissions.

 


Fig. 1


Fig. 2

 

The only prep work involved is remove the bolt which connects the master cylinder to the brake pedal, then disconnect the brake light switch wiring from the switch. All that's left is to drop the brake pedal.

On truck's equipped with automatic transmissions, you simply pull the pivot pin's retaining clip (yellow arrow, Fig. 1) and then remove the pin itself. The brake pedal should drop right out.

Trucks equipped with standard transmissions have the clutch linkage connection here instead of a retaining clip. Remove the cotter pin and nut (yellow arrow, Fig. 2) and then slide the clutch pedal towards the driver's side to remove it and the pivot pin, which connected to the clutch pedal. The brake pedal should drop right out. (NOTE: Some trucks will be equipped with a clutch pedal return spring which will need to be removed first. Also, on some trucks you might not be able to completely slide the clutch pedal out, which is a necessary step. If this is the case, the entire assembly will need to be removed from under the dash.)



Fig. 3


Fig. 4

There are two bushings in the mounting bracket and two in the pedal assembly. Fig. 3 and 4 have the bushings marked with yellow arrows.

Fig. 3 shows the automatic-transmission setup with these four bushings pulled out about 1/4" for the sake of the photography, and Fig. 4 shows the same setup for standard-transmission trucks.

You simply remove the four old bushings from the bracket and brake pedal and slide in the replacements. For longer life and smoother pedal action, smear a small amount of white lithium grease on the inside of each bushing, and then reassemble in reverse order of removal.

Don't forget to reconnect the master cylinder pushrod and the brake light wiring. And that's it! You're done!

 
 

 
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