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#1 JPB



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Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:26 PM

Hi all,

I have a new shape Focus Estate 1.6 Diesel which is only 7-months old. However from cold the clutch pedal sticks to the floor and will only travel about 1"; the gears seem to still work but clutch control is a little tricky!

I can pull the pedal back up only for it to stick down again. Then over the next 5-20-miles or so after starting out the clutch pedal will sometimes spring back up and hit my foot having been stuck down or will return all the way up again.

Then after 20+ miles (sometimes up to 100 miles later on a long journey) the pedal returns to normal and travels its full distance without sticking. It therefore seems to be something to do with the temperature of the car.

I don't have car mats to trap the pedal so its not that and my local Ford garage cannot replicate the fault as I have to drive the car to them and it warms up so the fault disappears; any ideas?

Many thanks, JB

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 02:46 PM

if its only 7 months old... get it back in the garage for a warranty job!!

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 04:19 PM

Could be a sticky valve on the slave cylinder. As TDCiST says, you need to get the dealer to fix it, especially as it must cause some slipping and may well damage the clutch in the near future.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 04:26 PM

Why not leave it with the dealer overnight? Don't let them palm you off!

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:53 PM


I have a new focus 1.6 TDCi and have a similar problem (but not from a cold start, instead when driving long distance). My clutch has no resistance in the pedal in it after motorway driving when changing down from 6th. Then the pedal either sticks down entirely or returns to the normal position really slowly. It started after 80+ miles, same gear constant speed, now it can happen after 20 miles. After several pumps of the clutch pedal it returns to normal operation.

The car has been in with the main dealer (2 different dealers as company car) 3 times now to be repaired and having picked up the car today the issue isn't fixed.

1st Attempt: Fitted new clutch return spring. Had no effect.
2nd Attempt: Changed Master Cylinder - actually made it worse and car was returned to the dealer the same day.
3rd Attempt: A different clutch return spring - better than before (I suspect they did something else too, but they won't tell me due to their poor customer service skills!) but after 80+ mile trip today issue returned.

I now have to arrange for a 4th repair to the car and the Ford technicians say they have never, ever seen this problem before (as-if!).

My car is on approx 13.5k and I took delivery at the end of June last year.

Have you had any luck?


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