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Bleeding clutch on Zetec Elan (MT 75 box)

PostPost by: Stratosboy » Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:12 pm

I am at the stage of needing to fill hydraulics systems, on my Spyder Zetec Elan. The brakes are straight forward, but not clear how I bleed clutch on this gearbox. I believe it is a Ford Scorpio MT 75 box with hydraulic clutch (obviously) - slave cylinder is on inlet side of Zetec engine.
Any help out there? - is the bleed nipple underneath the rubber gaiter on the side of gearbox?
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PostPost by: spyzee » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:57 pm

It's on the other side of the gearbox and takes a little bit of finding. Mine bled perfectly first time, and again two years later when I had to replace the clutch master cylinder.
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PostPost by: Stratosboy » Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:39 pm

Cheers Spyzee, that's great I'll find it now.
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PostPost by: dougweall » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:50 pm

Guess the wife is out in the Exige then Dave :lol:

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PostPost by: spyzee » Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:45 pm

Here's a link with a bit better description:

http://forum.wscc.co.uk/forum/index.php ... -bleeding/

and I was advised by Spyder to change the 75 W90 oli and use ATF D3 fluid which is much lighter. This made a big difference to the gear change.

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PostPost by: stugilmour » Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:39 am

Here is a drawing from the manual showing the bleed tube (part 2). Mine seems to be a bit fiddled up as it is loosening at the tube threads rather than opening the bleeder. I have to attend to it properly this spring. Maybe see if you can get vice grips or similar on the tube while loosening the bleeder if you are unsure how tight it is?

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PS Did you find the on-line copies of the MT75 service manuals for reference?
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PostPost by: Stratosboy » Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:19 pm

thanks for this stugilmour,
I have found the pdf files for the MT75 box, but mine seems to be the opposite configuration to how it's depicted in the diagram, the feed from the master cylinder is on the side where the bleed tube is in the diagram.
I'll sort it out...!
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