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Re: Replace 6MT clutch pedal bushings?

Unfortunately the 31301P bushing broke and squeezed itself out of place on my 2013 FJ. Now the clutch pedal creaks and isn't quite as smooth. I'm concerned that if I don't fix it, the groove in the pedal for the spring will wear badly as it is now metal on metal.

I'm going to order in a new 31301P and 31353 bushing and try to replace it as in the posts above. Does anyone have any suggestions that would be helpful in how to remove and how to reinstall the 31301R spring? Especially how to do it without removing either the pedal or the whole pedal assembly. This is a fairly strong spring. Do I need to make up some kind of hooked pry tool?

Thank you for any suggestions on this.
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Re: Replace 6MT clutch pedal bushings?

OUCH!

On my old Camry, the whole clutch pedal assembly comes out with a few bolts, and then all the work could be on a workbench (super easy). Studying the instructions for our FJ pedal assembly, such ease is apparently not an option. To have to remove that big spring before removing the assy from the car, and having the master cylinder inside of the passenger compartment greatly adds to the difficulty level of this repair (mainly poor access).

Now I am crossing my fingers my bushings never wear out (the bushings in my 27 year old Camry daily driver, 200k miles, looked as good as new when I replaced them this year, here's hoping).

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Re: Replace 6MT clutch pedal bushings?

I just did this a few weeks ago, had the exact same situation, 31301P was shot and I'd had an awful groaning noise for a long time when pressing and releasing the clutch pedal. Like you, I wanted to replace the bushings without totally removing the clutch pedal assembly. I took a photo of the spring and bushings in place from a couple of angles before I pulled the spring out, so I'd have a reference when putting back together. I also found the exploded diagram from the link above to be very helpful reference.

While the spring is pretty stout, removing it wasn't terribly difficult, just grabbed it with a pair of pliers and was able to wrestle it out of the slot on the clutch pedal without too much difficulty. Getting it back in is another story. One thing I will recommend which I think was mentioned by others - it's easier to put the spring back while the clutch pedal is fully depressed. I see no way that you yourself, or a helper, could hold the clutch pedal down while you're trying to reinsert the spring, not enough room to work. Instead, I found it pretty easy to use a small c-clamp to hold the pedal down, there's a pretty natural place where the pedal and the pedal stop come together and the clamp can hold it in place while you work the spring back in.

As for getting the spring back in place, I was able to do it using a pair of needle-nose vise grips. Seat the top of the spring properly in the 31353 bushing (which for me wasn't badly worn - I replaced it anyway), then grab the other end of the spring near it's end with the vise grips, this is what you'll fight back into the slot where you've seated the new 31301P bushing. I had to mess around with where I grabbed the end of the spring and at what angle with the vise grips before I found the optimal leverage to fight it back into the slot. It was a pain in the butt, but the whole process probably only took 10 or 15 minutes, and totally worthwhile, the blissful silence of my clutch pedal now makes me wish I'd done this long ago. If it wears out again in a few years, it won't be so bad to do it again. Good luck.
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Re: Replace 6MT clutch pedal bushings?

Thank you for the suggestions. I'll be at the Toyota dealership on Monday to order in the bits. I'm hoping to be able to re and re the spring without removing the pedal. The top bolt for the pedal bracket

The FJ only has about 76000km on it (like 47000 miles). I'm a little annoyed that this part could fail so quickly. You would think that the pedal would have been tested in prototyping for millions of actuations and the failures analyzed and mitigated so the bushing failing would be extremely unlikely.

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Re: Replace 6MT clutch pedal bushings?

It's going to take about two weeks to get the parts in so we'll see how it goes then.

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Re: Replace 6MT clutch pedal bushings?

"You would think that the pedal would have been tested in prototyping for millions of actuations and the failures analyzed and mitigated so the bushing failing would be extremely unlikely."

I was thinking about that. Either it is exactly common structure with the other MT trucks like HiLux Surf, Land Cruiser, Tacoma, or it is totally unique due to the unusual FJ styling/packaging. Haven't had time to look into it, but my guess is the latter.

Everyone in the auto industry does a lot of testing, but other OEMs tend to have more field issues than Toyota. One difference at Toyota is how standardized the structures are, multiplying by many times the amount of experience gained with each one which helps reduce risk of failures in the field. Parts that have to be quite differently shaped due to unique styling raise the possibility that a common bushing gets loaded in a new way, and could lead to an unexpected issue.


Just curious: How many miles on the 5 FJs in this thread who have experienced a cracked bushing? Is this an extremely rare issue (5 so far) or are there more but only 5 have come to this forum to discuss it, between 2011 and 2019 (8 years).

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Re: Replace 6MT clutch pedal bushings?

To improve things until the bushing arrives, I put some white grease on the end of the spring where it engages in the (now bushingless) groove in the pedal arm. Almost all of the creak sound is gone for now.

This spring helps to make the clutch pedal have a nice feel and "throw" by changing the force profile through the motion.

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Re: Replace 6MT clutch pedal bushings?

So I decided to tackle this task today of replacing the pedal spring bushing. The full part number of the 31301P bushing is 90389-06055. The 31353 holder is 31353-26010. I decided to only replace the bushing. Toyota charged me $5.70ca for the part.

1. Set the parking brake. Chock at least one wheel. Move the driver's seat all the way back and down, put the steering wheel up to make a bit more room. Open both driver's side doors.

2. Disconnect the negative terminal of the battery. It is not strictly necessary for this job, but there is wiring in the area and if you slip with the pliers, there is a risk. Better to be safe.

3. Put on LED headlamp and fairly strong reading glasses since you will be close to what you are working on. Safety goggles might be a good idea since you will be working with a spring. If you lay on your back with your shoulders in the foot well, you can look straight up under the dash.

4. Use a small c-clamp to hold the clutch pedal down at the clutch start switch bracket. Not tight, just to clip the pedal down. Take a picture and note how the spring is installed.

5. Reach up with the 45 degree long nose pliers to grab the end of the spring near the pedal arm and gently pull the end of the spring out of the pedal groove.

6. Reach up and install the new bushing in the pedal groove.

7. Reinstall the spring. This make take a couple of attempts. It isn't easy but not too hard to do. I found it easiest to put the stationary end of the spring in the holder, then using the pliers, bring the end of the spring in from the far side of the pedal.

8. Put some white grease where the spring goes into the bushing groove.

9. Unclamp the pedal. Test the pedal feel and throw. Inspect that the spring is moving correctly as the pedal goes up and down.

10. Reconnect the battery. Set clock, set tone controls on radio. and recalibrate the compass. Restore seat and steering wheel position.

11. Enjoy a quiet clutch pedal.

12. Post the experience to this forum thread so that others may benefit in the future.
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