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Just got a ford focus 2006 one  thing i noticed the  biting point of clutch is very high, my son drove it the first time tonight who is a learner driver also complained about same thing, said he would find it some getting use too compared to  his instructors car, clutch seems to work fine not slipping, what is the clutch like on yours?  thanks

 

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10 minutes ago, scoop64 said:

Just got a ford focus 2006 one  thing i noticed the  biting point of clutch is very high, my son drove it the first time tonight who is a learner driver also complained about same thing, said he would find it some getting use too compared to  his instructors car, clutch seems to work fine not slipping, what is the clutch like on yours?  thanks

 

It's perfectly normal on the MK2 Focus, especially the petrols, the clutch is self adjusting.  To test the clutch, try to pull off in 3rd gear letting out the clutch in the same way that you would if pulling away normally in 1st.  If the clutch isn't slipping you'll stall (as you'd expect),  if you let the clutch out and the car pulls off despite being in 3rd gear, the clutch must be slipping.

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8 minutes ago, 1979Damian said:

It's perfectly normal on the MK2 Focus, especially the petrols, the clutch is self adjusting.  To test the clutch, try to pull off in 3rd gear letting out the clutch in the same way that you would if pulling away normally in 1st.  If the clutch isn't slipping you'll stall (as you'd expect),  if you let the clutch out and the car pulls off despite being in 3rd gear, the clutch must be slipping.

just went out and tried it, the car stalled in 3rd, so i guess this is normal, the high clutch.

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1 minute ago, scoop64 said:

just went out and tried it, the car stalled in 3rd, so i guess this is normal, the high clutch.

Yup, the diesels generally aren't as noticeable but the petrols are, especially the MK2.  It's perfectly normal though so nothing to worry about, it's just a case of getting used to it.

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Just as a point, mines always been high too. However, I’ve had it a year and I’ve always been able to pull away in 3rd (albeit very slowly) if I accidentally put it back in 3rd instead of 1st?

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49 minutes ago, dtulip8 said:

Just as a point, mines always been high too. However, I’ve had it a year and I’ve always been able to pull away in 3rd (albeit very slowly) if I accidentally put it back in 3rd instead of 1st?

Do you mean by letting the clutch out REALLY slowly or letting out just like you would in 1st gear (as normal)?

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Another test you can do is to drive along a straight piece of road in 5th gear at 30mph and put your foot down.  If the revs jump at a disproportionate rate to your speed, your clutch is slipping.  I did this recently on a friend's mk2 with a suspect clutch and is was slipping badly.

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My clutch is ok for now, though I suspect it may be on a slow descent to death as it’s 12 years old now and has mostly been used about town. The box is quite notchy and stiff at times.

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13 hours ago, dtulip8 said:

My clutch is ok for now, though I suspect it may be on a slow descent to death as it’s 12 years old now and has mostly been used about town. The box is quite notchy and stiff at times.

Even though the manual boxes are "sealed for life" and don't have a fluid change interval, after 12 years the fluid in the box will probably be well and truly ready to be changed.

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clutches used to come up more and more as they wear,

my one was too high when I got it of my sister and was horrid to drive at 110k put in an LUK clutch and its back to normal....

 

what often finished off a clutch that easily had another 40k miles in it, was the pedal hits an upper stop and engages the clutch more and more, as it causes wear so it causes it to engage more, slip more = new clutch.  In the good old days you simply adjusted and got another 5 years... auto adjusters you could get a long screw driver and get the quadrant to slip back allowing some play in the cable and drop the pedal height.... these days its game over

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12 hours ago, 1979Damian said:

Even though the manual boxes are "sealed for life" and don't have a fluid change interval, after 12 years the fluid in the box will probably be well and truly ready to be changed.

I did have it changed earlier this year!

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