A little background information:
Car: 1993 Ford Mustang LX [2.3L I4], 5-speed T5 transmission.
I bought the car a few months ago, according to the previous owner the clutch was replaced fairly recently. I have no paperwork on this, and I can't speak towards the quality of the job.
That being said: the car drove just fine. The pedal has been very stiff since I got the car, and the clutch disengages at the floor, pretty much, but I wrote that off as "old car."
While pulling into a parking spot, I go to fully disengage the clutch so I can stop the engine. -- There was a loud "snap" and the car jerked into gear.
I slammed on the brakes, killed the engine, and had a flat bed tow it to my friend's house.
What we know:
The clutch quadrant doesn't seem to have failed; but the self-adjusting mechanism seems to be at the end of it's ratchet. (You can't pull the pedal "back" like you're supposed to, and it doesn't ratchet when you push down.)
The cable itself seems OK. The clutch fork is exposed, you can see the cable move [as well as the fork] when the pedal is pushed.
The pedal provides almost no resistance; however it does return when you let your foot off.
The pedal provides some resistance at the end of it's travel, but I think this is the spring of the clutch adjusting mechanism providing some resistance.
With the pedal at the floor, the clutch isn't disengaged. (At least, not enough to roll the car.)
- The car is in gear, and can be held in place by the transmission [on a short incline, no less]... so I assume the clutch plate is still in contact with the flywheel.
The likely culprits were a failed cable, or a failed quadrant.
Both seem OK at first glance, though.
At this point, it really looks like I have to bite the bullet and tow it to a garage so I can put it up on a lift. Is there anything else I can check before I do that?