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#1 johnS

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 10:15 PM

Hello,
Just got back from a drive and ive noticed the clutch is slipping once again. I only got it replaced less than a month ago and it's slipping again, must've lasted less than 1000 miles. Ive just driven normally in that time, even rev matching.
Now I beleive it to be that the flywheel was not replaced/resurfaced when changing the clutch previously. Ive only herd this from the internet though. They never mentioned anything about the flyhweel at all before/after the clutch change.
So who's fault is it? It surely must be the garages fault. Where do I go from here?

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 10:44 PM

There should be a guarantee on the parts , i would head straight back there

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 10:56 PM

There should be a guarantee on the parts , i would head straight back there



thanks. thats what I will be doing.


How could it have worn so quickly thpugh?

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 02:37 AM

it may not be worn, it could be that you have a hydraulic slave cylinder (the bit that operates the clutch) and it is leaking fluid onto the friction plate and thus lubricating a surface that does not want it.

NB flywheel do not need matching and very rarely need replacing, unless you own a car with a dual mass flywheel but we won't get into that now as its a big farce

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 09:11 AM

when i had mine done the slave cylinder was faulty and had popped its seal causing clutch slip and the fluid to go down took it in to ford and they replaced everything again under wqarranty so ide take it back and have it looked at ive never had a flywheel done on any car

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 01:21 PM

thanks everyone. But how would I go about it. Would it not be the garages fault that did it for breaking the slave cylinder? I beleive the slave cylinder is called a "concentric slave cylinder" and I know they put in a new one of these

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 01:26 PM

i simply took mine back they stripped it down and found the slave cylinderwhich they replaced as part of the clutch kit had been faulty they replaced the whole lot and charged the manufacturer for it as it was there part that was faulty.

i noticed oil dripping off the gearbox bell housing take it back to the garage mate it will be gauranteed parts and workmanship

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 02:13 PM

i simply took mine back they stripped it down and found the slave cylinderwhich they replaced as part of the clutch kit had been faulty they replaced the whole lot and charged the manufacturer for it as it was there part that was faulty.

i noticed oil dripping off the gearbox bell housing take it back to the garage mate it will be gauranteed parts and workmanship


thanks mate. I have noticed the breaks are less responsive than they were before I took it in. The breaks and clutch share the same reservoir dont they?

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 04:12 PM

yea they do mate ,ive been fitting clutchs for over 13 years and it sounds like faulty clutch or carm unit (slave cylinder) leaking and cotaminating the clutch but normaly you would notice the clutch feeling spongy but either way it will be under warrantee

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 05:41 PM

yea they do mate ,ive been fitting clutchs for over 13 years and it sounds like faulty clutch or carm unit (slave cylinder) leaking and cotaminating the clutch but normaly you would notice the clutch feeling spongy but either way it will be under warrantee


It was not Fords I took it to to have the clutch done, though, i'm a bit worried about that. Also it only slips now and again but I know it's there and trying to move off is pretty hard, if they test drive it tommoriow and they say nothings wrong what can I do?

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 07:09 PM

you will soon know if its slipping ,just get the engine upto normal temp then drive down the road and while accelerating put your foot on the foot brake if the clutch is slipping it will at that time ,it might smell a bit but if it comes to a holt and the engine stalls then the clutch is ok and if they say its ok then take to where you can get a secound opion mate

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 07:11 PM

you will soon know if its slipping ,just get the engine upto normal temp then drive down the road and while accelerating put your foot on the foot brake if the clutch is slipping it will at that time ,it might smell a bit but if it comes to a holt and the engine stalls then the clutch is ok and if they say its ok then take to where you can get a secound opion mate


yeah I know, i've figured out what a slipping clutch looks like lol. It's just proving it to them

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 07:24 PM

if it was done at a garage even if it wasnt ford the parts and labour are still under a warranty and its down to them to rectify the fault you shouldnt have to prove it to be honest check the brake and clutch fluid see if its down

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 08:32 PM

if it was done at a garage even if it wasnt ford the parts and labour are still under a warranty and its down to them to rectify the fault you shouldnt have to prove it to be honest check the brake and clutch fluid see if its down


hello,

sorry I think the break fluid is clear so I cant see it. Either that or the fluid is so low I cant actually see it at all

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 09:08 PM

you should be able to see it just in its container if it was that low you would have a warning light on

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