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Focus Mk1 Clutch Change - A Few Pics

01 September 2014 - 02:16 PM

As the title suggests here is a few pics from a clutch change I done on a mk1 1.6 petrol focus at the weekend.
These are just pictures I took along the way, just a little insight into what your likely to encounter should you ever need to do this job. Not a difficult job, time consuming and horrible to do on the driveway, a lift would be so much nicer.

Total cost of parts was £140 which included the following.

Luk clutch kit (I was sent a Valeo kit instead)
Sachs slave cylinder
3 litres of 75w/90 gearbox oil
2x genuine ford gearbox seals
2x genuine ford pinch bolts
1x litre of brake fluid

First of all, the problem; a leaking slave cylinder

Not looking so good;

The clutch itself, flywheel side;

Gearbox side;

The hole under the bonnet with no gearbox;

The mess when you spill about 2 litres of gearbox oil.. I didn't have time to get a picture of the oil as I was too busy trying to get sand lol;

New clutch fitted and lined up;

Brake fluid cleaned out and new slave cylinder fitted;

Old oil seals removed, note how they get a bit mangled trying to get them out;

New oil seal going in, I was trying to find my set of seal drivers at this point;

Gearbox read to fit back in;

View from underneath. It's not a hard gearbox to refit but it is awkward on your own, having to push it up and roll it round a bit;

And a nice new cv boot. Didn't have the right pliers with me so had to settle for a pair of end cutters instead. Only difference is the proper tool pushes the crimped bit flat - not an issue you need to worry about on the focus;

Foc Central Scotland Meet 30/8/14

21 August 2014 - 09:49 PM

Hello all,


We are having another FOC Scotland meet on Saturday the 30th August in South Queensferry at 12 noon.


The meet will be in the large car park opposite the Biker's Cove. The address is:


Newhalls Rd, South Queensferry, City of Edinburgh EH30 9TB


We also have a Whatsapp group so anyone wishing to be added to this should PM me their number. 


Hope to see you all there. 




How's This For A Hole In The Exhaust

08 August 2014 - 06:22 PM

Hi all,

I changed an exhaust today on a 2002 VW Polo, it was bought last week to be done for it's mot. I got a phone call a couple of days ago to say the exhaust was very loud and now blowing badly so could I possibly change it ASAP.

Anyway to cut a long story short, here's the old one. The front section has been replaced before by someone and appears to be of an unknown make but look at the hole in it!

And yes I did get absolutely soaked fitting this exhaust :lol:

Recommend Me A Phone Holder

30 June 2014 - 12:42 AM

Hi all,

Can anyone recommend me a windscreen phone holder for my iPhone 5s? Looking for something relatively cheap but well made.
I have seen a few on amazon that look ok.


Well There's Your Problem!

29 April 2014 - 11:46 AM

Well after a long weekend fixing a VW polo I swore never to touch again.. It's back on the road again.
Friday night I started it and ended up absolutely soaking right through including my boxers!! Dedication!
Saturday I intended to fit the timing tools and set up the timing chain etc.. Except the timing tools didn't fit! So my plan of refitting the timing cover, cam cover and sump to allow them to dry overnight failed. I had to go home and modify the locking tools.

Misfiring and running poor, first thought it may have been an ignition coil, all fine and working. I moved onto the injectors which after some messing about seemed to be ok too.

So next step was a compression test as I suspected a burnt valve.. And here is the result..