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#1 stejan1965

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 06:59 PM

When I change UP (not down seemingly) and very slightly mismatch the revs, there isa squeak/squeal as the clutch bites. If I change gear very gently it doesn't happen. And if I accelerate very hard it doesn't seem to happen either, although it could just be that it is very quick and I don't hear it.
Generally it pulls well, doesn;t judder etc.
So any ideas? Clutch plate? Thrust bearing? I read in another forum that WD40 might "do the trick" but I can't imagine what to do with the WD40 other than block my ears with it.
The car has done 40000 miles, much of which has been town and it's a 5 years old 1.6 petrol.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts,
Steve

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 06:29 PM

hey, my 2004 focus also does this its only done 47,000 miles, its a rare thing though but stil a bit embrassing when ur just pulling of slowley or something and it squeeks lol i thought it was just me as ive not been driving and this is my 1st car. I have no idea whhat it is though or to fix it but its nice in a strange way to know its not just me hearing things!

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 06:55 PM

hey, my 2004 focus also does this its only done 47,000 miles, its a rare thing though but stil a bit embrassing when ur just pulling of slowley or something and it squeeks lol i thought it was just me as ive not been driving and this is my 1st car. I have no idea whhat it is though or to fix it but its nice in a strange way to know its not just me hearing things!


Well mine does it too, same age and mileage! first did it pulling out of my sons drive a bit quick turning right...thought it was tyre squeal from the unloaded tyre. :D soon discovered it did it occasionally in a straight line and is most likely the clutch thrust :(

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 10:36 PM

haha bloodey edge's! the rear drums are now squeeking i give up trying to keep up with my focus these days. still goes sweet as a nut though just slightly more loudley than it used to thanks to a combo of the clutch and the brakes!! will be fixing the latter though on sunday when i get the time think they just need a clean. Slightly off topic but do your focus's scratch quite easily, being a student and having to leave my beloved in a college carpark i often find new little marks and scratches on her all the time and being tonic blue they show up a b*****d

many thanks mike

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 11:06 PM

Yeh, mine goes well enough and handles well, brake squeal on mine goes when they've warmed up, only get it on damp/wet days. ya gotta luv Fords :rolleyes: at least the heater works after about 100yrds :D

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 11:09 PM

The squeal you mention is from the clutch plate. Escorts used to do the same thing. It's just where the plate develops a 'glaze' on the surface and just slips for a fraction of a second. You can cure it by changing the clutch but I should'nt worry

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 04:40 PM

Yer you should get ball park 80K out of a clutch, sod the odd squeal.

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