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Old 09-11-2006, 03:55 PM   #1
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Sometimes fate sticks it to you..

Well, so I didn't take anyone's advice about not modding the car until the warranty ran out (100k miles). I was merely trying to get the best fuel economy I could out of the car. At any rate, I was going this morning to a muffler shop to have the factory cat welded back in the MBRP exhaust. At a stoplight, I pushed in the clutch, went to 2nd, and basically got nothing. It grabs a little, but not completely. I pulled over, called Ford Roadside Assistance (1800241FORD), and had my car towed to the dealership. The tow guy warned me that they wouldn't have a loaner vehicle for me, and he was right. I asked the service guy if an exhaust system or an air filter (Stealth CAI) would void my warranty, and he said it depended on what the problem was.

To make matters worse, I've been avoiding work (union electrician) because I didn't want to get caught up in a job with a good company and not be able to go to an investment course my father and I are supposed to be going to on Sept 14, 3 days from now. This wouldn't be so bad if the course was offered in Memphis, but the location is over in Greensboro, NC- about 14 hours from here.

Now I'm just waiting to see what's going to happen with the car.


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Old 09-11-2006, 04:00 PM   #2
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Sounds like a clutch or tranny problem, they shouldn't give you grief over the intake or exhaust....
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Old 09-11-2006, 04:07 PM   #3
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^^ Agreed. I have found if you stick to going to the same dealer for everything they are a bit more relaxed on the "rules". I was 650 miles out of warrenty when the fuel pump on my SE-R went out. Because I had every oil change, check-up etc. done at the same dealer since new, he pushed it through as a warrenty fix.
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Well I can definately feel that something is amiss. I pushed on the pedal frequently while calling everyone I knew to avoid boredom during the wait for a tow. It was very hard at the bottom of the pedal, so hard that I had to push harder than usual to get the car to start after I shut it off. It doesn't feel like there's any hydraulic action at all, so I'm guessing that either the clutch master cylinder or slave cylinder is stuck.

Hmmmm, now might be a good time for me to ask them if I can turn the car in for that recall on wagons and have the rear gate latch replaced ...

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Old 09-11-2006, 04:27 PM   #5
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to bad you don't live in ohio. if they void your warrentee because of your aftermarket parts, the shop supervisor has to personally write a detailed letter documenting why your 3rd party part caused the problem, if he can't prove it he can't void it!
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my dealership does aligment under warranty even with my tein s tech spring on my car. i think it all depends on the dealer. if they are cool, they will fix it. ive taken my car with all my mods and they just tell me its a nice car. but they never say anythng about voiding the warranty, but if i hydrolock my engine, i dont think they will fix it. but that is a risk im taking
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Old 09-13-2006, 09:06 AM   #7
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Thanks for the support. I'm getting the run-around from the dealer. When I took the car in, they told me there were 2 cars in front of mine, and they would look at it Tuesday morning. I had to go to the bank because I'm trying to secure a house I made a bid on. When I finally called them at 5 pm- I got the same excuse as the day before: "There's 2 cars in front of you, he should be able to look at it tomorrow." As if I needed some more stress. Anyone who's ever bought a home before understands how much of a hoop jumping that is, and now I'm doing it without a car. I've nearly given up on going to Greensboro tonight, but that mostly depends on what happens at the bank today.

I feel sure that it's a hydraulic problem since I pushed the clutch in, and it didn't come back out again. The service guy has already accused me of causing the problem by racing the car several times. Yesterday he told me that if one of the springs on the disc was embedded in the pressure plate because I dumped the clutch that they wouldn't honor the warranty. That's really depressing. I didn't exactly need a 4 digit bill at this time in my life. The more I think about it, the more I'm trying to convince myself to sell the car when I get it back. None of my old beaters let me down at important times in my life- some of them never let me down at all. I sense a Sprinter or E-350 van in my near future that I can use to start my electrical service business. Grrrrrrrrrrr.... just venting.
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Could be the clutch delaminated itself. There is a TSB on it.

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Service Bulletin Num : 05256 Date of Bulletin: JAN 01, 2005
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Old 09-13-2006, 12:17 PM   #9
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Thanks Egz.. I knew about that one, and that could be it also. I get the feeling that they are going to force me to pay for it by saying that the mods I made caused the car to make more power and destroy the clutch. I don't race the car, or drive like Mario Andretti. I did what I did for fuel economy, and if I'm punished for it then I'm through with Ford. That's just outrageous. Combining the clutch and brake master cylinders always seemed like an accident waiting to happen to me.
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Latest word= my car fixed itself. As far as I can tell it looks like I volunteered to have my car sit in the dealer's parking lot for a couple of days, and support a local tow company. If this happens to anyone else I'll be sure to tell them to just wait it out, although I'm not positive if it was a time thing or if loading and unloading the car from the rollback caused the issue to disappear. I'm suspectful of the clutch/brake master cylinder and the clutch slave cylinder/ release bearing. I think something just got stuck or slightly misaligned.

The shop foreman is out driving the car right now, and I'll know for sure if I can pick it up in the next hour. I'm guessing it will cost me for the tow, but that's better than having my warranty cancelled and paying them for a clutch I could do myself.
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