Hello, I have just discovered this site/forum following a friend's tip and I think its great that advice and assistance is given to 'members' who are experiencing problems with their cars from people that they have never met or, are ever likely to meet. The people who give their advice freely appear very genuine and willing to help fellow members, so I have joined the club and posted my problem in the hope that there is someone who can help me with mine.
I have a Mark 3 Mondeo Hatchback TDCi 130 with an 2004 plate which was bought in 2007 along with a separate insurance warranty. It is a fabulous car, tows my caravan with ease and has had with only minor problems until recently. It would not start ie starter motor would not turn but a replacement starter motor cured it. The garage said that the original starter motor was 'clogged' along with burnt out and this clogging was an indication that the dual mass flywheel was 'breaking up'. The clutch had also started to make a 'whiney' or grabbing sound when changing down in the gears, although it does not slip at all even when under load. The second starter motor has now started to act up insofar as it does not engage first time, sometimes it needs 3 attempts then turns the engine as normal. The sound it makes is a 'zzzzzz' not a screech. A friend who is an avid DIYer especially with cars, says this is because the teeth on the DMF are worn and the starter moter is spinning it in order to find teeth to engage with!! Further he says it will cost approx £800 to £1,000 to fix. I do have an insurance warranty bought in 2007 that still has 6 months cover on it but again he says that they will simply say its fair wear and tear and that it is not covered by the insurance as a breakdown of a part. If he is correct of course they will not cover the repair although the car has satisfied their criteria for regular servicing.
Would appreciate views on what to do for the best outcome. Is the diagnosis correct? Do I approach the warranty people first? If it means a huge bill do I cut my losses before it? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks Jennysdad