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#1 scottydog

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 10:26 PM

Hi my cousins 51 plate focus has lost all use of the clutch. She said when she was driving, the pedal sunk straight to the floor, now has no use of the clutch at all. She said there was also a puddle of fluid under the car. Anyone any ideas?

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#2 stef123

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 11:00 PM

Hi my cousins 51 plate focus has lost all use of the clutch. She said when she was driving, the pedal sunk straight to the floor, now has no use of the clutch at all. She said there was also a puddle of fluid under the car. Anyone any ideas?


either a leak from one of the pipes/ joints or the clutch slave cylinder inside the gearbox. do you know where about the fluid is dripping from?

if its the slave you will be best to do the clutch at the same time as it could have become contaminated.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 11:12 AM

A common problem with the focus is the master cylinder above the clutch pedal going. You sure the puddle was outside the car?

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 12:12 PM

A common problem with the focus is the master cylinder above the clutch pedal going. You sure the puddle was outside the car?


dont remind me :P had this happen to me not so long ago

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:41 PM

I'll ask her and find out, as I haven't looked at it yet. If it was the slave cylinder, though, you wouldn't notice any fluid under the car would you?

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 03:15 PM

Just asked her, she said there was a puddle of fluid under the car on the road

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 06:32 PM

I'll ask her and find out, as I haven't looked at it yet. If it was the slave cylinder, though, you wouldn't notice any fluid under the car would you?


yes, it would leak out from the bell housing.

Just asked her, she said there was a puddle of fluid under the car on the road


definetly one of the pipes/joints or the slave cylinder then. you will need to have a look under the bonnet to determine where its leaking, also under the gearbox if its the slave cylinder

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 06:52 PM

Just filled the reservoir up with fluid & pumped the pedal. Its pouring out where the box bolts to the engine. Sleve cylinder then innit. Wot are these like to do, I aint done one on a focus yet?

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 07:03 PM

Just filled the reservoir up with fluid & pumped the pedal. Its pouring out where the box bolts to the engine. Sleve cylinder then innit. Wot are these like to do, I aint done one on a focus yet?


yup definetly the slave by the sound of it im afraid. its a big job but its not extremely difficult to do. i would be changing the clutch for sure too though.
if its any help i could send you the pages from the haynes manual? might give you a few pointers?

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 08:11 PM

yup definetly the slave by the sound of it im afraid. its a big job but its not extremely difficult to do. i would be changing the clutch for sure too though.
if its any help i could send you the pages from the haynes manual? might give you a few pointers?


Ye please do thanks. Going to do it saturday. Have to tow it bout 1/2 mile to work, but its stuck in first gear!

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 08:50 PM

Ye please do thanks. Going to do it saturday. Have to tow it bout 1/2 mile to work, but its stuck in first gear!


cant you pull it out of gear? if you could pm me your email address i will get the pages copied and sent to you tomorow.

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 08:09 PM

cant you pull it out of gear? if you could pm me your email address i will get the pages copied and sent to you tomorow.


I sent you my e-mail adress, did you get it. I cant get it out of gear, no. Maybe have to crawl underneath & move the selector. Or fill up reservoir, & pump pedal whilst wiggling gear stick.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 12:12 AM

while on the topic of clutches .....iv had a standard AP racing clutch for the rs focus ...and in the wet wen i give it abit of stick not ragging it but you no drivin quick ....it smells like it burnin any ideas ?

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 09:19 PM

Changed the slave cylinder today, piece of cake. Spent longer bleeding it, than I did on the job. Drives like a dream now.

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