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07-09-2014 06:31 PM
dwarnold Thanks, that's what I have been doing, just pulling it up every morning.

The dirt/oil was visible and floating around in the brake fluid. I folded up a paper towel over and over until the reservoir was empty and cleaned it out. Does not require a "pull up" as often after doing this, but still once every morning after the car has sat overnight.
07-03-2014 09:35 AM
Originally Posted by dwarnold View Post
Has anything changed with your clutch over time in regards to it sticking down?

I found my brake/clutch cap loose after an oil change and my clutch has been sticking down and I have to manually pull it up here and there. There was a bunch of dirt inside the brake/clutch reservoir so I sopped up the fluid I could reach and cleaned it. Have you found anything else that solves the problem?
Sorry for the delay in replying. There has been no change in my clutch pedal. It drops about 2 inches after cooling down. It has become second nature, that after starting the car, I pull the pedal up before driving away. I also check it randomly while driving it.

I check the cap randomly. But I have never checked for dirt. I will check that out. How did you get the dirt out? Some type of vacuum?
07-02-2014 08:54 AM
Clutch sticking down

Has anything changed with your clutch over time in regards to it sticking down?

I found my brake/clutch cap loose after an oil change and my clutch has been sticking down and I have to manually pull it up here and there. There was a bunch of dirt inside the brake/clutch reservoir so I sopped up the fluid I could reach and cleaned it. Have you found anything else that solves the problem?
02-15-2014 02:13 PM
sxm703 Everything "looks" okay. I found no fluid anywhere. Everything is dry.

The only thing I could see was the white "bushing" that the spring is wrapped around. Feels like plastic and looked cracked. Or maybe that's the way it is suppose to be.

The resevoir is full.

If this was how the clutch operated from the day I bought it, it wouldn't bug me.......much. But there had never been any play in the pedal [3.5 yrs]until I had my oil changed and the moron forgot to tighten the resevoir cap thus no pressure. It has never been the same since.

I guess I'll have to live with it until the hole system collapses.

02-14-2014 09:47 PM
sxm703 Thanks. I will check it out tomorrow.
02-06-2014 10:22 PM
sailor ^^^ definitely check this.

Also look to see if the pedal return spring is still there/hooked up. It needs to be there to keep the pedal all the way up when released.

"Lift the pedal" to make sure cruise would work was my trick until the Master Cyl. leaked, at that time I found my return spring was broken/missing (one small piece left). Apparently broke/fell down/thrown away by the P.O. before I got the car.

02-06-2014 09:05 PM
sykozis Look under the dash with a flash light and see if there's any fluid at the base of the white rod connected to the clutch pedal, on the floor, the clutch safety switch or the clutch pedal lever.
02-06-2014 08:53 PM
sxm703 Among other things with my car, I also have this annoyance. I never had this problem until I took the car into have an oil change.

Eventually I noticed that my clutch pedal was sinking almost to the floor. I too couldn't get it to shift easily. I opened the hood and looked around and everything looked ok. Still being a problem, I looked up the owners manual and saw that I had a dual clutch/brake reservoir. While poking around, I noticed that the oil change guy didn't put the cap back on tightly. Very loose. I tightened it.

I had hoped that this would take care of the clutch problem but it didn't. I added more fluid to the max line. It is a tiny bit better. But I still have to check the pedal and pull it up for maximum "clutching."

I thought that the clutch would self adjust so this wouldn't happen. At this point, I"m not going to do anything further until is collapses because to inspect the "system", I believe you have to tear it apart anyways. Wait till it breaks.

Unless somebody has a better solution.
11-25-2013 06:21 PM
focus shifting problem

I have a 2009 Focus 5 speed and I have been having the same issue. When it gets cold outside (I live in northern Ohio), it can be very difficult and sometimes impossible to shift the car into reverse and 1st gear. If the car is turned off, it shifts with no problems. I seem to have fixed the problem by accident though. I put my foot behind the clutch pedal and pulled it out towards me. This actually moved the pedal some, so now I have to press the pedal in farther to get it to the floor. I've had to adjust to how the clutch feels now, but it has been shifting with no problems. I'm not sure if this means I just need to get something with the pedal adjusted or not, but if you are looking for a fix, try this. My car was not driveable because I could not shift it at all the other day, but after I "moved" the pedal, I haven't had an issue.
11-15-2012 03:00 PM
Originally Posted by Mingersoll56 View Post
Hello, I had this problem about 2 years ago. I took my 09 focus into the dealership and they changed the fluid and bled the system, and it fixed the problem. It has just now started again, and shifting it into 1st while the car is off does not work. As soon as it warms up a bit it shifts perfectly. Should i take it back in and have them work on it again?
Hi Mingersoll56,

Yes, I would advise that you make an appointment so your dealership can inspect. Ford certified techs are in the best position to accurately diagnose and repair your Focus. If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to me via PM.

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