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flying clutchman

Member Since 25 Oct 2009
Offline Last Active Nov 20 2015 01:32 PM

#502759 Brake Fluid Top Up

Posted by flying clutchman on 14 July 2015 - 11:30 AM

How on earth is the average motorist supposed to top up fluid on a c-max. I have a foot long flexible tube which does the job but then I have a van full of specialist tools which most people don't have. How hard would it have been to put a filler extension on the resevoir (like they do on the oil filler). Poor design!

#501536 Mk3 Clutchs

Posted by flying clutchman on 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.

#493504 Are These The Dreaded Signs Of Dmf Failure

Posted by flying clutchman on 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.

#492469 Smf Vs Dmf

Posted by flying clutchman on 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.

#449727 Gear Selecting

Posted by flying clutchman on 29 January 2015 - 07:56 PM

sorry to dissappoint you eric but if you even put nitro glycerine in your fuel tank it couldn't possibly affect the gearbox. The gearbox and engine are totally seperate entities.

#350775 Non-Starting After Dmf Change

Posted by flying clutchman on 04 April 2014 - 03:12 PM

do you still have the box the flywheel came in? If you do can you tell me the original part no. on it. What year is the car? If it's an LUK part I can check the numbers on their database.

#349936 Clutch Bleeding Problem

Posted by flying clutchman on 02 April 2014 - 04:03 AM

Last question first. The bleed nipple is defferent from the 5-speed. It's not available on it's own, it's not available with the t-piece, it's only available with a complete pipe right back to the master cylinder! As far as the fitting sequence, I can't really remember (don't often get mondeo master cylinders). Generally though with Ford cylinders get the cylinder in first. Make sure the fluid is coming through the cylinder before you push in the outlet pipe.

#349804 Clutch Help Please

Posted by flying clutchman on 01 April 2014 - 05:06 PM

Just had a quick look and for £63 your only getting a 2 piece kit. 3 piece kits are £120

Whenever I buy mondeo clutches I always buy the 2-piece kit and the cylinder seperately. It's always cheaper! 5-speed cylinders are not dear.

#349588 Clutch Help Please

Posted by flying clutchman on 01 April 2014 - 04:22 AM

The only mondeos without a concentric are the Mk1 models (92-95) . EVERY other mondeo has a concentric fitted. The clutch for yours is a pretty standard one so you shouldn't have any problems

#349166 Clutch Bleeding Problem

Posted by flying clutchman on 30 March 2014 - 11:29 PM

there is a clip holding it to the top of the slave cylinder and a clip (which you should be able to see ) holding the t-piece to the pipe.Before I go any further I should tell you about a recent experience I had with one of these. Having fitted a new clutch/dmf and cylinders to a mondeo 6 months before the customer complained that she had lost pedal pressure. As I saw a drip of fluid underneath I concluded the slave cylinder must have failed and fitted a new one under warranty. Having put it all back together (6 hours later) I found I was unable to bleed the clutch properly. Having closed the bleed nipple I decided to pump continuously to see if I could get a little bit of pressure. No I couldn't!. When I came and looked in the engine bay I saw that fluid was dribbling down the front of the gearbox. I discovered to my horror and amazement that the bleed nipple was allowing fluid though even when closed! Fords do not sell the t-piece seperately so I had to buy a complete pipe for £63. I natrually only fitted the t-piece. To Make sure this isn't happening to you, top the fluid up to the brim, close the bleed nipple and pump the pedal about 30 times. Check the fluid level. It shouldn't have moved.

#349030 Clutch Bleeding Problem

Posted by flying clutchman on 30 March 2014 - 06:12 PM

The haynes manual probably shows the 5 speed which is totally different. You can unclip the t-piece to check it is clear quite easily

#347986 Lost All Drive Whilst Cruising At 80Mph In 6Th Gear (Mk3 Tdci)

Posted by flying clutchman on 27 March 2014 - 04:51 PM

It's almost certainlty the clutch or dmf that has failed. If it was a driveshaft you wouldn't be able to select the gears easily without touching the clutch, as the gearbox internals would still be moving. 40k is not fantastic mileage but well within the normal range. Most likely the clutch linings have stripped off completely, this often happens on the motorway and gives no warning

#345599 Clutch Bleeding Problem

Posted by flying clutchman on 21 March 2014 - 06:12 PM

the seal fits with the wide end onthe plastic fitting. Open the bleed nipple and (making sure the pedal is fully up) leave for a few minutes. Make sure the rearvoir is kept popped up. Close the bleed nipple and pump the pedal until you get some pressure. Now bleed in the normal way.

#345418 Clutch Bleeding Problem

Posted by flying clutchman on 21 March 2014 - 04:30 AM

The seal MUST be fitted to the pipe first. On the end of the pipe you have a tapered plastic fitting. The bottom of the seal should seat over the end of the plastic fitting into the small groove

#345006 Clutch Bleeding Problem

Posted by flying clutchman on 20 March 2014 - 04:49 AM

Yes that's what I thought. The seal fits over the pipe and the top of the plastic bit so that the end of the pipe is flush with the seal. These are a common source of anguish. Be careful not to lose it Fords don't sell them seperately from the pipe. You can however buy exactly the same part for a transit (yes they fit!)