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#76 pknottm



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Posted 20 August 2014 - 09:22 PM

I've just had the clutch and DMF replaced in my S-Max 2.0Dti Zetec 59 plate by a local small garage.


Before the replacement, there was no problem selecting any gear (just a grinding when releasing the clutch and vibration at slow speeds).


However, it is now extremely difficult to select first gear. From a standstill I can get it into first gear by putting it into second gear, then immediately into first gear. All others gears are fine.

The garage have said it is due to the gear selector cables being worn and have quoted me £233 to replace.


Does this sound right, or could it be the clutch needs aligning?


Many thanks.


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#77 herbertpug



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:38 PM

Hi All. 

Have a 2006 - 56 plate 2.5T S-Max. 40,000 miles when bought 2 years ago. Now on 70,000.

Great car. First thing done was convert it to LPG which cost £1,800 and we lost no boot space. 

Now gets 27mpg around home (rural) and 32-34 on long trips (200+ motorway miles @ 65-70(ish)) 

With LPG being 64p/litre locally, double these to get the equivalent cost of Petrol (i.e. 54mpg and 64-68mpg)

280 miles = £30-£35



Aircon Failure. Split Hoses and recharge. c. £200. 

Steering Rack Failure. Got very heavy intermittently. Sent rack for a refurb (c. £200)+p&p + removal / refitting + Fluids.  - Kelley Bray Steering. 

  (Plus washed out the reservoir. All in c. £500. )


Oil Breather Failed. (Noise and air sucked in though dipstick / oil filler cap. Used "peg and sock until repaired"). Ordered Volvo replacement from USA  ($200USD inc post - c. £130) Plus fitting and breather pipe (£20) Plus Labour (c. 3 hours @£55+VAT/h) = £370 or so all in. 


Rear Brake and top strip bulbs failed. Simple fix. £5


Brake Handle trim and button popped off and spring ejected. Not fixed yet. 



Changed transmission Fluid

Changed PAS and Coolant

Air filter is K&N panel (washable)

At 62k Changed Timing Belt (not a chain!).Plus water pump. Kit c. £110 + garage labour 2-3 hours. (c. £280 all in)

Always used 10w40 fully synth when cheap on HUKD. 

Tyre use is OK. Always get camber / toe-in / tracking / alignment checked. especially if curb has been bumped. 


Future issues?

Clutch smells a little sometimes on steep, slow hill starts. 

Once had alarm going off. Not repeated. 

May check boost solenoids. 

Car is parked outside normally so expecting alarm module issue :(

#78 klh



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Posted 20 October 2014 - 01:19 PM

I have. 2008 smax which has done 90000 miles. When I go faster than 24mph the windscreen wipers go crazy until I slow down below 24 again. The washer fluid won't come through when I push the button but it is full and there are no warning lights.
No trouble with the alarm either. Any ideas appreciated.

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#79 jeebowhite


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Posted 20 October 2014 - 01:42 PM

This is more a thread of known issues,I suggest you start a new topic in the smax forum

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