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flying clutchman

Member Since 25 Oct 2009
Offline Last Active Jun 21 2015 10:25 PM

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In Topic: Ford Focus Mk1 Gearbox Problem

18 June 2015 - 12:28 PM

It's your gearchange cable. The gear lever has two cables which run from it to the gearbox. One does backwards and forwards movement, the other side to side. It's the side to side one which is giving the problem. It has either snapped, or has popped off the slector on the gearbox. If it's snapped then the cables (they come as a pair) need to be changed. If it's popped off the end of the selector, then you may be able to pop it back on and find a way with a cable tie or something similar to stop it coming off again. The cables are a main dealer item (don't be tempted by cheap imaitations on ebay, they're rubbish) and are eye wateringly expensive at close on £200 a pair. It's also a horrible fiddly job to do I think the 2.0l model has got the mondeo box in it which has the selector mechanism at the back, but I may be wrong in which case it's at the front of the box encased in a plastic cover.

In Topic: Vibration On Idle

18 June 2015 - 12:18 PM

Symptoms for dmf failure vary wildly. Your description however sounds pretty typical. The way in which they fail varies as well. Sometimes they seize up completely, which cosidering the clutch plate has no torsion springs transmits all the engine vibration directly though the gearbox. Age and mileage are pretty typical for dmf going as well

In Topic: Are These The Dreaded Signs Of Dmf Failure

07 June 2015 - 10:48 PM

You're not seeing the bit of the flywheel that causes the problem. The filings come from the heads of rivets being worn away on the back of the flywheel. There's no way you can get a look at this without taking the flywheel off.

In Topic: Mk4 Gearbox

04 June 2015 - 10:33 AM

If the car is having difficulty selecting gears while stationary then it's likely to bhe clutch related. The reason is this: provided the car is completely stationary when you push the clutch down, every thing in the gearbox should stop moving. Try selecting first or reverse before you switch on. If it selects easily, but won't when you start the engine, it suggests the clutch is not quite disengaging 100%

 One thing you can try which might help is to press the clutch in and hold for 2 or 3 seconds before you try to select the offending gear. This gives the clutch disc time to stop spinning, it helps sometimes.

In Topic: Smf Vs Dmf

04 June 2015 - 10:24 AM

Fitting a smf is not an upgrade, it's just an alternative. It's almost standard practice on transits, but I don't really see an advantage on most cars. Presumably you don't drive 40k miles a year (unless you are a taxi driver), so a new dmf should last a few years. A smf often results in a less smooth drive in terms of vibration etc. (not always though). The main advantage of an smf is that you never need to change it again. Basically that means for the average person you can save £300 once every four years. Will you even still have the car then?

 There are lots of horror stories doing the rounds about damage done by smfs, personally I think they're nonsense. Dmfs are fitted to smooth out the harshness of diesel engines that's all. You pays your money and you takes your choice.