I'm a some-time lurker and finally got round to signing up. I've had the Mondeo for about 8 or 9 months now after needing a car quickly after my old VW Bora sharpened it's cams and smashed its way through the followers. I parted with 2400 quid for a 53 plate Mk3 2.0 Duratec petrol in Zetec trim with crazy amounts of upgrades (auto xenons, climate, cruise, heated seats all round, the 6 CD Sony system etc) because I wanted something cheap which would do me for a year or two. Mostly it's grand and eventually I'd like to get a Bluefin for it, although there are one or two things slightly worrying me.
First is an erratic idle and a tendency when cold for the revs to go up to 2 or 2 1/2 thousand when I drop the clutch as I come to a stop. They die right back to idle once I'm stationary. I'm going to clean the idle control valve to see if it helps and see if I can see any splits in the PCV breather pipe (hope not because no doubt I'll get reamed for labour costs to remove the manifold to replace it! I'm not good at this sort of stuff myself). I also know the rear subframe bushes are cracked and I plan to have a set of Powerflex poly bushes put in to replace them before MOT time.
What worries me most though is that the clutch biting point is very high which makes smooth gear changes hard (especially so for my mrs, which makes me wince a bit). The car had 73k on it when I bought it and has 78k or so on it now. However it has a towbar fitted and I'm wondering if someone has worn it out by towing. In addition, if when driving (motorway speeds show this up the most but can happen at low speed too) I let off the gas then go back on it, unless I'm am super careful I hear a metallic clink from the front of the car somewhere. It's not really loud and not a grating noise or anything obviously nasty. I took it to one garage and they said they couldn't hear it and that may be true as it's not always there. What I'm thinking though is if the clutch is worn, could it be the DMF? Also, if I change the clutch and there's no sign of DMF problems is it worth leaving it alone or just changing it anyway? I'm aware that that lot and the slave cylinder is likely to set me back 6-700 quid.
Anyway, any and all advice greatly appreciated!