I went to adjust the clutch release mech and I noticed it to be very loose/sloppy fit until the cable pulls on the arm is this normal. I found it difficult to tell when the bolt is lightly touching the clutch push rod?
Yeah, they're a little sloppy. Doesn't really matter for the application. Are the threads of your adj screw a tight fit? If so you may need to take out and clean the screw and tapped hole so you can get a good 'feel' when it makes contact.
Sometimes the bracket itself is loose. Even snug, the mechanism rides on loose balls, so it isn't exactly tight. Just turn the screw in until you feel it lightly touch, back off 1/4 turn. If you find it hard to feel the contact point just go back and forth a few times. You'll get it.
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