Jump to content


flying clutchman

Member Since 25 Oct 2009
Offline Last Active Jul 19 2015 11:18 PM
*****

Posts I've Made

In Topic: Clutch Problem

09 July 2015 - 09:50 AM

The stationary in-gear test is not a 100% guide and needs a bit of expertise to do properly. It can also completely kill an ailing clutch! I often struuggle to make customers cars slip but when I take the gearbox out find the clutch lining to be worn well past the limit. The test was originally applied to asbestos clutches which could be stressed much more and would resume their operation once cooled down. Fortunately for our lungs asbestos has been banned in the EU since the 1980s .


In Topic: Mk3 Clutchs

09 July 2015 - 09:38 AM

I would have expected the clutch to have been changed before 150k miles, but it's still possibly the original. The big difference between the petrol and diesel models is that the diesel versions wear out the dmf often before the clutch. On the petrol versions the dmf normaslly lasts the lifetime of the car. That's not 100% guaranteed of course but it's rare to need a dmf in a petrol. I've never changed one but have done scores of diesel dmfs.


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.