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#1 masumba

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:19 PM

hi guys ,

just  traded up to a 2014 1.0 99ps ecoboost titanium model today after traading in a 1.4 fiesta zetec 2012 plate petrol and a couple of things make me think

it feels like this clutch is heavier than my mark 7 car ,it could be in my mind but has anyone else thought the same .

 

and the main difference is the engine ,talk about chalk and cheese . my 1.4 was reving at 3000 rpms a t 70 in 5th whereas the new car barely makes 2400 revs which is great ,but when going at speeds 30-50 it dont like 5th car seems to vibrate and its happiest in 3rd anything up to 35 .

so is this normal ,like for town driving id be in 3rd mostly i thinkj .

the gearing is miles different to my prev car and i know itll take some getting used to and i love the new one ,its just these 2 little niggles in the back of my head that i hope someone will put me right on

 

any thoughts appreciated

 

thanks kevin

ps my proifle is incorrect i have a fiesta not a focus



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:38 PM

I don't find the clutch heavy to be honest. And I'm currently driving a polo hire car which seems heavier and is also a lot higher and uncomfortable.

And yes it'll take some getting used to because of the much longer gear ratios on the ecoboost. Unless driving at speed you may not use 5th much. It's surprising how fast you can be going just in 2nd gear

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:44 PM

I'm using 3rd gear around town, and I never use 5th until around 50mph.

 

I don't know about the clutch compared to mk7, but compared to my wife's Ford Ka, the clutch in the Fiesta is definitely heavier.

 

Just try to keep it above 1500rpm - there shouldn't be much vibration then. (The turbo starts providing power at around 1500rpm, so that's sort of the magic number)



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 08:12 PM

20 in 2nd, 30 in 3rd, 40 in 4th, 50 in 5th. Simples ;)

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 09:24 AM

The Ecoboost 1.0T has tall gearing/long legs.
At 30mph I'm doing 1250rpm in 4th and putting your foot down, not much happens.
At 30mph I'm doing 1750rpm in 3rd and putting your foot down, you start to make progress.

To get a shift on at 30mph use 2nd @ 2900rpm.



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 04:07 PM

thqanks for the replies guys .i popped down the dealership today and they confirm the clutch pedal is too heavy as comfirmed by their mechanic when he compared it to the same car in the showroom .could be the clutch return spring ,maybe even a new clutch who knows but its going in for a warranty repair week after next .

getting used to the driving of the car now ,will take time .



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 06:19 PM

Clutch pedal weight tends to get harder after time and mileage.. The springs on the pressure plate get stiffer with age and miles or a combination of both. Age is the biggest factor though.

 

This means the pedal as harder to push and after a clutch replacement the pedal on a car will feel much much lighter.

 

Given this is a new car it will very likely be a dodgy pressure plate which will or should be replaced under warranty..



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 06:23 PM

20 in 2nd, 30 in 3rd, 40 in 4th, 50 in 5th. Simples ;)

 

This is my mentality too  B)



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 10:55 PM

thanks all ,i have to say the titanium spec is pretty good ,i was toying with replacing the footwell lights with red ones but cant find them anywhere ,guy in halfords suggest i sparay the clear bulbs with heat resistant red spray paint ... i guess its an option .does anyone know where i can get these 5amp bulbs in red?



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 05:38 PM

hi this is an update on the clutch situation .theyve greased up the pedal spigots and have compared it with a similar car in the showroom and surprise surprise they say its comparable..

well having just driven it it s exactly the same as before i took it in .

this on top of the supplying garage not being able to find rthe wheel locking nut which wasnt supplied with the car is making me wonder why i ever traded in my old trusty mark 7 .....

 

apart from going back tomorrow and arguing the toss thats its the same as before anyone got any ideas  and have they ever had a clutch pedal problem like this before .the car has done 2500 miles!



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 06:37 PM

I actually had mine looked at as well (also find it heavy), they also greased up a bunch of stuff, but it's all the same still.

 

So I think it's just meant to be heavy (unfortunately)



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 08:25 PM

im not so sure i just drove a fiesta style 2014 and it is so light compared to mine and yet a bigger engine .no im not beleving there icnt a fault ,if i get to the bottom of this ill post my outcome on here .i also sat in a 3 door fiesta 10 ecoboost and that clutch also is so light ,so theres a fault somewhere in mine .

ill be going back in in the morning and get them to do a more thorough check and ill post the outcome .

 

id laike to ask a question if anyon ehas experienced this before .in case i disagree with the garage and if they say its fine and i say it isnt what would be my next course of action? do i get an independent inspection ?



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 09:11 PM

i dont find it heavy at all, although ive just come from a rover where the clutch is up by the steeringwheel haha.

 

Also the gear ratios are pretty long but i like it :) i jsut went for a nice long drive down the sea front and was cruising in 4th at 30/35 and all is good :) smooth and soft, i didnt want to put my foot down and if i did, id just slip it into 3rd :)



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