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My parents drive a 2005 Ford Focus, Mk 2 (pre-facelift). Three years ago, they had a new clutch fitted, and ever since it has been extremely stiff to press down. Now, in their usual manner, they just put up with it, believing there's nothing they can do about it. ButI was in the car with my dad the other day, and he was having a hard time keeping it down. They're in their early 60s, and both quite fit for their ages, so it's not that they don't have the strength or anything. Further still though, I had a little go in it on a car park, and boy it is very stiff. It's certainly not right. I've never driven a car with a clutch that hard to press. Of course, this could simply be the fact that the car is getting old, and that the clutch is becoming worn, but both of them tell me that it has been exactly this hard to pressever since the day the clutch was replaced. So if even after a new clutch was fitted it was as stiff as it is now,itmakes me wonder if it wasn't adjusted correctly or something when the new one was fitted. I know nothing about clutches - but could it be that there's some form of adjustment that could be made to soften it up a bit? If so, and if it's inexpensive, I'll have it done right away. Thanks
Hi, I have a 2005 Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec Mk2 and have been having some issues with its air conditioning system. It has the manual air conditioning, not the climate control system. Every summer since we've owned it (October 2011) we've had to get the air conditioning 'gas' filled up every time we wanted to use it. This often meant once we got the rare week or two with very warm temperatures, that I'd have to go to a garage and get the system 'filled up'. The thing is, after a month or so, the air conditioning becomes non-functional, and just starts blowing out lukewarm air. Because the warmest of the weather has gone by then, it's forgotten about and the same process is repeated again next summer. Now to me, this seems odd. Having to get the system filled up again after such a short space of time doesn't seem right to me, especially since we don't use the system excessively. I don't have any formal knowledge about car air conditioning systems and it'd be great if someone could shed some light on this, and tell me if this normal. Thanks.