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Old 01-27-2009, 07:42 PM   #1
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Took car in for noisy clutch when cold

08 SE. When it gets cold out, always below -15 Cel., seem to get a noise from the clutch. Push the clutch in and the noise goes away. When the car starts to warm up, after about 5-10min, the noise goes away. I am thinking pilot bearing, could be release bearing. It is a fairly loud noise as you can hear it clearly outside the car. Not a squealing noise as in the alternator, more of a low pitch noise. The car has just over 18,000km. No problems shifting up or down, so can't be to serious. Also wanted Ford to check for low coolant, I am not losing any, but for the last 10,000km the coolant has always been below the cold mark in the resevoir. I can drive for 2 hours on the highway and the level never changes. It is about halfway between the cold fill level and the bottom of the resevoir. They did not check this, now I have to call again and take it back so they can check it. Other then that, has been a great car to this point.


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Old 01-27-2009, 07:49 PM   #2
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Please let us know what the dealer says.
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:17 PM   #3
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Ooops. Forgot to mention that it was only about 0 C today. It was not cold enough for the noise. Car was sitting at the dealer all night last night. Have to wait until it gets colder then take it back.
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This may be irrelevant since I have a stage 2 exedy clutch but I have clutch chatter when its cold also, and also it goes away after a few shifts. I would say check to see if the brake fluid is a bit low (as it uses the brake fluid to pressure the clutch) and if that's good then I would just have the dealership look at it. I would personally take the clutch apart and see if the plate is chipped or anything but thats me.
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Stock clutch in my '09 makes the noise. I don't need you to describe it to me to know we're talking about the same thing. The noise also goes away temporarily when you depress the clutch pedal.

I'm not sure if I should take my car in to have it looked at or not.
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:01 AM   #6
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If the car is still valid under warranty then hellz yes! If they've gotta look at it for free then why not? lol
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If the car is still valid under warranty then hellz yes! If they've gotta look at it for free then why not? lol
Truthfully, the only person I really trust to work on my cars is me. I know when I do something right and I know when I do something wrong. I'd prefer the car remain in its factory assembled condition unless this is something serious that needs to be taken care, or may cost significant money down the road.
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I wonder if its flywheel chatter?
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Truthfully, the only person I really trust to work on my cars is me. I know when I do something right and I know when I do something wrong. I'd prefer the car remain in its factory assembled condition unless this is something serious that needs to be taken care, or may cost significant money down the road.
I see your point, I'm the only person who's ever worked on my car (well with a few friends help of course). It could be flywheel or clutch chatter. It could even be the throw-out bearing.
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Because the car is under warrenty, the dealership will look at it. This is probably a bearing noise, pilot or release. The worst part is, because it still shifts good, Ford will not pull the tranny and replace a $5 part. They will wait until there is a problem with the shifting. My fear is, if it is a bearing and it is making noise, there is wear happening, and eventually it will fail. I hope it fails while under warrenty. Had my coolant topped up today. Dose the coolant level not rise when the car reaches operating temperature? I may be thinking old school. My 97 Chev truck(350), when the engine is at operating temperature, the coolant in the overflow rises to the hot level(about a 3" between hot and cold). I asked about this, and the service advisor asked a tech and the tech said the coolant dose not rise much, if at all when the engine is hot. Could people with 08's check and see if your coolant level rises or stays the same so I have an idea of what is normal with these cars. My level now in above the cold mark, about 1-2". Getting back to my clutch, I still need for it to get cold befor I can take it back.
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