September 22, 2011, 8:44 pm
[quote name='stucav' timestamp='1316719855' post='145238']
My car was in a garage this week to look at 2 issues I had with problems with exhaust and heavy/shaking steering when braking and hitting 50mph.
The garage checked it out and couldn't find any issues, but found out that I have awater leak, no sure on total damge until they have a proper look and can then price up. What sort of water leak could this be?
Also, they said my clutch is buggered, and quoted 150 for part and £400 labour. Is this reasonable price for a new clutch on a W reg Focus or is this over priced????
Hiya mate, sorry about the problems you've been having with your car. Did they give you a reason why they think your clutch has had it? Personally I feel this would have been noticable while driving it for a while before needing replacement. Did you experience any slip while driving? Or was it getting hard to engage gears/or the clutch biting point significantly higher than when you first had the vehicle?
The water leak could be the water pump or it could be one of the rubber hoses perished - did they advise anything else other than "you have a water leak"?
As far as the clutch goes, £400 labour sounds quite a lot to me if I'm honest. It depends on the vehicle and the amount of labour involved, I know of cars where the subframe has to be dropped to get to the gearbox/clutch but I'm not sure about the Focus...? I changed the clutch on my MK2 Punto last year and it took me 3 hours on the drive, but again there's also cars where there's much more work involved so this would put the price of labour right up.
Can I ask what year your Focus is and petrol or diesel? It might help the more experienced members (unlike me
) to give you an answer.
Hope that helps a little bit for now,