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How To Replace Clutch Flex Hose 02-05 Ford Escape

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  1. step : Removing the Battery (0:35)
    • Disconnect the negative battery cable with an 8mm socket and ratchet
    • Disconnect the positive battery cable with an 8mm socket and ratchet
    • Apply rust penetrant to the battery brace nuts
    • Remove the two 10mm nuts from the brace
    • Pull the battery up and out
    • Remove the four 8mm bolts from the battery tray
    • Pull the battery tray up and out
  2. step : Removing the Clutch Hose (1:37)
    • Clamp the clutch hose near the master cylinder with vise grip pliers
    • Apply rust penetrant to both ends of the clutch hose
    • Hold the hose with an adjustable wrench
    • Loosen the metal clutch line end with a 16mm wrench
    • Loosen the metal clutch line end near the slave cylinder with a 13mm wrench
    • Pry the clip off each end of the hose with pliers and a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull off the clutch hose
  3. step : Installing the Clutch Lines (3:30)
    • Put the clutch hose into place
    • Clip the clutch hose to its bracket using a hammer and flat blade screwdriver
    • Connect the metal lines to the clutch hose
    • Tighten the metal lines
  4. step : Refilling the Clutch Fluid (4:40)
    • Add clutch fluid to the master cylinder to the max fill line
    • Remove the vise grip pliers from the clutch hose near the master cylinder
    • Insert a 4mm Allen wrench into the clutch bleeder screw
    • Loosen the bleeder screw
    • Have an assistant push the clutch pedal
    • Tighten the bleeder screw
    • Have the assistant release the clutch pedal
    • Repeat these steps until the air is cleared from the clutch lines
  5. step : Installing the Battery (6:05)
    • Put the battery tray into place
    • Insert the four 8mm bolts into the battery tray
    • Put the battery into place
    • Put the battery brace into place
    • Fasten the two 10mm nuts onto the battery brace
    • Connect the positive battery cable with an 8mm socket and ratchet
    • Connect the negative battery cable with an 8mm socket and ratchet

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of Thanks.

In this video, we are going to show you how to replace the clutch hose on this 2002 Ford Escape. The items you will need for this is an 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17 millimeter socket and ratchet; adjustable wrench; flat blade screwdriver; hammer; locking pliers; and a 4 millimeter Allen wrench.

Start off by loosening up the battery cables with an 8 millimeter socket and ratchet and then just pull the cables free and set them aside. You want to make sure you remove your negative first, and then your positive cable. We are just going to spray these two 10 millimeter nuts with some penetrating oil and then remove those. Now remove this brace and then pull the battery up and over. Now remove these four 8 millimeter bolts and we'll fast forward as Mike does that. Pull the battery tray up and out.

Using locking pliers just clamp this hose. Now we are just going to spray either end of the clutch hose with some penetrating fluid. The ends of the hose are held in the bracket, but I hold them with an adjustable wrench just as a little bit of a precaution and then, using a 16 millimeter tubing wrench, loosen up the ends of the hard lines that are coming into the hose. On the end that's closer to the clutch slave cylinder or engine, you use a 13 millimeter tubing wrench and again the adjustable wrench just to hold the hose just as a little extra measure. Now there's a clip on either side of the hose that you have to just pry off and you can adjust it with some pliers and then pry it off the rest of the way with a flat blade screwdriver, and then just loosen that up the rest of the way and pull it free. Now repeat the process on this side. Now the clutch hose pulls free.

Take your new clutch hose and lower it down into place and just push it back into that bracket and put the clip back down. Just make sure you hammer it down into place. Then reconnect the other end and you want to just turn this so it lines up with the bracket and you can push it in, then put that retaining clip in. Just hammer that in the rest of the way. Reconnect the hose. You want to tighten that up and you want to do the same thing on this side. We'll just fast forward as Mike does this.

Fill the brake fluid to the max fill line. Then remove those locking pliers and then take a 4 millimeter Allen wrench and just put it in this little bleed screw down here on the slave cylinder. So I've got my Allen wrench in here and I've got a helper in the car. What I'm going to have him do is just push the clutch down and pull it back out when I tell him to. What you want to do is loosen the bleed screw, have them push the clutch down, then tighten it back up, and let the clutch back off. Then loosen it up again, push it down, etc. So, I'll do it. I've got the bleed screw loose so go ahead and push it down. Then I'm going to tighten the bleed screw back up. Go ahead and pull it back. Go ahead and hit the clutch. You can hear it come out there. Tighten up. Let off. I'm going to loosen the screw. Hit the clutch. You can hear it come out. Tighten up the screw. Let off. Press the clutch a few times.You just want to repeat this process until there is no air left in the line and the pedal is working correctly.

Now we'll fast forward here as Mike replaces that battery tray and the four 8 millimeter bolts to hold it into place and tightens them up. Lower your battery back down into place. Then put this bracket back down, and replace those two nuts, and tighten them up, and then replace the two battery cables, and tighten those up as well.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Assistant
  • Hammer

  • Hex Wrenches

  • 4mm Hex Wrench

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Brake Fluid

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Vise Grip Pliers
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket
  • 17mm Socket
  • 16mm Socket
  • 13mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 16mm Wrench
  • 13mm Wrench

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