: Looking for a good doctor for my SVT
Hey everyone! I bought a 02' SVT about 3 weeks ago. The car looks awesome, and it seemed to have no problmes at all until a wierd noise coming out of the engine took a way the joy out of my new ride. I live in West Covina California and I'm Looking for a good mechanic to take care of my SVT. I've been reading about the clutch chattering, and it seems like that might be the problem. I need help, please!
02-02-2007, 02:18 AM
What kind of noise is it making?
It sounds like something is grinding, an the noise comes from the lower part of the engine. The first time I heard the noise, it lasted for a couple of minutes, and it came back about week later. Besides the noise, the gears seem to work, and I don't feel any lack of power. I don't wanna drive the car to avoid more serious complications...
02-02-2007, 02:36 AM
When does it grind? Under what circumstances? Was there a single point when you heard it happen for the first time?
As soons as I turn on the engine. When I was driving the noise decreased as the speed went up, or at least it seemed like it. The if press the clutch nothing changes. I havent tried to change gears while car is on and still, to see if anything changes. If you want could email you a clip with the noise.
02-02-2007, 02:56 AM
That's my e-mail.
02-02-2007, 03:11 AM
Water pump bearings sound liker there going bad. Take a long screw driver and put the srew end on the base of the water pump(with the car running) and put your ear on the handle and listen for a grinding noise. If its not there move the screw driver and listen other places, like the the cyclnders etc...
Hey nick, I thought about the water pump too, but never considered the bearings as an option. I’m going to try the screw driver thing tomorrow morning. I got a recording of the noise if you would like to listen to it. Thanks for the help.
02-02-2007, 03:43 AM
Im pretty sure thats what it is, I had the same problem at 49k miles.
Hey Foci what do you think? U got the file, right?
02-02-2007, 06:59 AM
tom is the only one i would trust. i would ship the car to him.
02-02-2007, 09:15 AM
It could be the DSI if the clip has broken.
Here is a video with audio, to give you an idea of the noise. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kw6-hmhF-I
02-02-2007, 02:16 PM
Too bad youre so far away, id take care of her for you.
02-02-2007, 02:22 PM
oh so its on the driver side...well with that detail, its probably the DSI.
02-02-2007, 02:56 PM
DSI is a little piece of plastic that control's the dual stage intake. If you pull up real hard on your airbox it will pop out and you will be able to see the wire connected (or perhaps NOT connected) to the black pulley on the side of the block. There are pictures on this forum if you run a search.
My car has a tendency to do strange things. I got a pretty consistent chattering noise one time when I pulled it in my garage. It lasted until Itouched the throttle...I thought it was "valve knock" or whatever, but I don't have aftermarket cams so that couldn't be it.
Also, if your clutch has not yet been changed out, there is a TSB-technical service bulletin. You can take your car to Ford and they will under most circumstances change it out..especially if it IS the clutch that is making those noises.
I would like to thank you guys for your comments, but now I face the though question whether to take the car to the dealer or some where else.
Turbovation, where can I find more info on the TSB technical service bulletin?
02-02-2007, 03:41 PM
Easy to check
02-02-2007, 05:06 PM
With the pulsing sound, it does sound like the DSI.
Tnx again everyone, tomorrow morning I'm gonna check the infamous DSI! I would let you know the results. [paranoid]
02-02-2007, 09:03 PM
Good luck. By the way, wher ein Cali. are you?
02-03-2007, 10:36 PM
Right on. Make it to the next meet.
02-03-2007, 10:47 PM
I dunno where to find more info about the clutch TSB. If you have a lot of mods I'de take them off before you take it to the dealership...especially if you want them to check your motor or anything cause they might want to void your warranty. But as far as the TSB goes, just take it to the dealership, tell them that your clutch is slipping and you think it is going to go out soon and they will do it for you. They might try and fight you for a little bit and they may not be able to "recreate the problem" which is a very common response. But just tell the to change it..I believe they are obligated.
Tnx TURBOVATION. I'll look into that. The only thing is that I got this car about 3 weeks ago, with 70K. I don't think the dealer is going to replace or fix it at no charge.
Hey FOCISTANG85, when is the next meet? I would like to join you guys.
02-05-2007, 12:48 AM
One that is in the mix I've heard about is a mountain cruise. Not fully sure though. I wanna have another G2G. The last one I went to didn't end so hot.
Ahhhhhh, yes, it is the DSI, Damn it!!![?|] I took the air box out, and there it was the DSI clip, dangling, and now I'm about to fix it. TNX to everyone, you saved me some $$$.[thumb]
02-05-2007, 09:17 PM
Too bad youre so far away, id take care of her for you.
Do you work out of a dealer or shop? I'm in NC and would like to have a trusted local place to take my SVT.
02-06-2007, 12:14 AM
Glad we could help you. Told you there would be people on here to help.
Well I finally fixed the DSI clip. It took me while to get everything together, specially the dremel because I didnít know I had one at home and I was about to buy one. Then I made the hole and it wasnít straight, so I had deal with that too[wrenchin] . Finally I fixed the hole/screw problem and the clip was in place. When I turned on engine I heard the noise for like 3sec and then it was gone for good.[woot]
Now I have another question. I bought this car with 71K miles, and I now for a fact that the previous owner didnít replaced the timing belt. However, It looks in really good shape. So, should I get it replace before something happens which I believe itís a good idea, or wait a little more? The manual says something about 100K miles, what do you guys think about that? [idea]
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP, I REALLY APRECIATE IT! [race]
02-06-2007, 01:31 AM
I was debating doing my timing belt too. If it says 100k, I would wait for a little while longer. Don't fix it if it isn't broken.
OK, Now the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT is ON? Was up with that? And by the way, every time I turn on the engine the wierd noise is on like for 5 Sec and then it goes away...[???:)]
02-06-2007, 06:54 PM
Have the code read. Did you disconnect your battery at all?
02-06-2007, 08:24 PM
I'm not sure man. run the code at auto zone or advance auto they check it for free and they'll let you know what's wrong. Also did you by chance happen to take an outter view of where that clip is at?!? I'm just tryin to figure out where it would be. Thanks!
02-06-2007, 09:08 PM
^^Where his is, or where it is in general?
02-06-2007, 10:58 PM
DSI module...is it a whir whir whir whir whir noise that goes away? If it is, the DSI solenoid is shot. My friends car did that. CEL is is "DSI stuck Open." Get a Diablo Predator from Tom..you're car will love it, you'll love it, and you can read those pesky CEL codes and turn em off! ;-)
02-06-2007, 11:06 PM
x2 for that. Ask Lee, OrangeSVTGuy about the code reading. I cleared his at a G2G in January.
02-06-2007, 11:15 PM
where it is in general...like from maybe a wider angle than the one in the how to. Cause I'm not to sure exactly where that's at.
02-06-2007, 11:17 PM
It's on the back of the engine, above the trans. If you have an aftermarket intake, it's easiest to see.
02-06-2007, 11:58 PM
so I could see it since I have an AEM CAI?!? I'll check sometime tomorrow if it isn't too cold out.
02-07-2007, 12:07 AM
Lemme check into it. I'll let you know in like 10 mins.
UPDATE:Look at the point where your intake goes to your TB.There should be a sensor that plugs in by your TB, look over that sensor and straight back, you see your DSI clip.
02-07-2007, 12:10 AM
cool thanks! :D
02-07-2007, 12:15 AM
Updated my post.
02-07-2007, 12:18 AM
sweet I'll check it out tomorrow thanks a lot!
02-07-2007, 12:36 AM
The DSI module (that makes the whir whir whir) is behind the drivers front wheel..behind the splash sheild...its a silver box. It has a plug and cable. Follow the cable to under the TB.
Get the DSI Clip (billet) from CFM and never worry again. Dont loose the C-Clips either. Major PITA.
02-08-2007, 05:44 PM
Get the DSI Clip (billet) from CFM and never worry again.
i couldn't agree more. money well spent [headbang]
Hey Focistang, I was kinda busy the last couple of days. I didn’t disconnected the battery at all, so I guess I’m going to try that tomorrow. About the codes, avengerc4 said that at auto zone they can get it scanned for free, I looked up on their web site and it doesn’t say anything about it. So, the engine seems to work just fine, but I don’t like to hear the noise every time I turn it on. I noticed some other guys had the same problem after they fixed the DSI clip. As Ckisner said, get a new one and never worry again, I would like to get the DSI Clip replaced, but they don’t have it in stock at FCM…[idea]
02-09-2007, 03:20 AM
Well, CFM usually gets their items stocked within a couple of days. You should be good to order and get it pretty quick. They're good about it. I bought my exhaust from them.
Hey FOci, have you had any problem with ur DSI clip yet?
02-10-2007, 03:05 AM
Nope. ::Knock on wood:: I've been lucky this far.
FOci, it's awesome that you haven't had any problems with the DSI clip. I have been so busy lately, that I haven't even try to disconect the battery. Anyways, the car is running good. So hey, let me know when is the next meet.
02-16-2007, 02:27 AM
Check the south-west thread.