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Old 05-23-2004, 02:54 PM   #1
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SON OF A !@#$%, GRRRR.... one toasted SVT

Well, folks, its finally happened. My ultra-dependable and problem-free SVT finally came down with a problem, and it doesn't look good. It very suddenly and very noticeably has developed a loud whirring/scraping sound that appears to be emanating from the... you guessed it... transaxle. Yippee! I have noticed over the last few months that it has started to make a very slight version of the "marbles in a can" sound, but figured I would put off any visits to the dealer until somebody could prove Ford had actually re-engineered the flywheel. I guess I don't get to wait for that after all.

It's only when the engine is running, it doesn't matter whether you are in gear or not, what speed you're going - any time the engine is running it is making a sound that can best be described as something going around in a circle as it scrapes against something else "woosh-woosh-woosh-woosh" and it's pretty dang loud.

My immediate thought was the transaxle so I stopped driving and called Ford Roadside Assistance. When the tow truck driver came out, he had me start the car and listened to it. After a minute of prodding around and then getting under the driver's side of the engine - he popped his head back up and said "yup, sounds like something scraping around inside the transmission." So once I get an appointment with the dealer I will get it towed there and find out how long I'll be without a Focus...


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Old 05-23-2004, 03:31 PM   #2
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Hehe I have plenty of experience with clutches in my old car. Two possibilities. One is, if the pressure plate is strong enough and has enough we will say "throw" you took off one side of your clutch and seeing as the rivets holding on your clutch plates are made of medal the sound you are hearing is metal-metal grinding. Because of the even pressure of the pressure plate they all wear evenly! YAY!...or over time you just had a little TOO much of a lead foot and burned the clutch down to the rivets and it just needs to be changed! Hopefully you have warranty to help you out with this. But if you could, get a picture of it when its changed? If Im wrong let me know!

Ohh I also forgot. Sorry to hear it is broken!

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Yeah, see that's the thing. The car only has 18,000 miles on it, and I do know how to drive a stick (drove two stick cars before this one) so it seems a little premature for the clutch to have gone out. I can't say I drive like an old lady, I do have fun, but honestly 80-90% of my driving is just smooth, easy, around-town driving. The clutch has not shown any signs of being worn out, I have not noticed a change in the working of the clutch mechanism since the day I bought it.

I'm wondering if it is what I've heard some SVT owners said happened to theirs, which is that the bolts holding the flywheel on came loose. I dunno what it is I guess I'll found out; its weird in the sense that it is a CONSTANT, that is, it doesn't change with RPM's. No matter the speed of the engine or the car if its in motion, or the engagement of the clutch, it makes a somewhat slow and constant "woosh-woosh" sound.

LOL, thanks for the condolences. I just hope I get my car back from the dealer in one piece with no new scratches, stains, etc.
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I have noticed over the last few months that it has started to make a very slight version of the "marbles in a can" sound, but figured I would put off any visits to the dealer until somebody could prove Ford had actually re-engineered the flywheel.
wow. if your car is under warranty, and it starts making any type of strange noise, i'd get it to the dealer immediately.

hopefully it's a known issue and they'll have to pick up the tab on anything that needs to be fixed.
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Is it under warranty? I'm sorry to hear about that.
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Got to still be under warranty, its an 02'.
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Oh...the 05's are out already arent they...doh.
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It's under warranty until May of 05 or 36,000 miles whichever comes first, and May of next year will come a lot faster than 36,000 miles the way I drive it.

I did not take it to the dealer earlier because I knew exactly what the sound (the rattling/marbles) was and I was hoping the car would make it without something like this happening until Ford released the redesigned flywheel for the SVT. I must say the sound now is a lot worse.

I forgot the best part! The tow truck driver told me "I tow a lot of Focuses. And F-150's. Focuses and F-150's, lots of em." Nice to know I'm part of a special club.
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Damn sorry to hear, they better give you a free loaner.
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Yeah, sucks, especially when we are so close to getting a new part (maybe?!). People are throwing around June/July as a date for the new part but I can't go without a car just waiting for SVT to release a part.

I also just noticed a very slight crease about 1/4" inward from the edge of the hood where the tow truck driver pushed with his hand to close the hood. Nice, a hood so weak a guy can bend the metal just pushing it shut.
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