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Old 11-02-2013, 10:01 PM   #1
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Breaking in New Clutches?

Like so many of you, I am having seals, bearings, and clutch plates replaced on DCT Focus. Couple of questions: 1) Should I break it in hard and heavy, or easy? 2) Does clutch-pack replacement reset the "driving-style" computer to zero? I also own a Fiesta. The rebuild fixed it, so hopefully this will be the case with the Focus. I have had to wait about a month on all the parts, but they are giving me a loaner, so I am not complaining.


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Old 11-02-2013, 10:19 PM   #2
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I broke mine in soft but that's because after the replacement clutch pack the car shifted almost too firm and hesitated after trying to let the car roll on its own power in drive.

But after about 500 miles it was perfect again. Still is now. I do believe the computer is reset and needs to be relearned
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:25 AM   #3
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Like so many of you, I am having seals, bearings, and clutch plates replaced on DCT Focus. Couple of questions: 1) Should I break it in hard and heavy, or easy? 2) Does clutch-pack replacement reset the "driving-style" computer to zero? I also own a Fiesta. The rebuild fixed it, so hopefully this will be the case with the Focus. I have had to wait about a month on all the parts, but they are giving me a loaner, so I am not complaining.
You might want to take it easy at first but don't baby it after that.
Occasional hard acceleration will keep the clutches working smoothly.

There is no learning of driving style.
The primary learning function of the TCM has to do with clutch engagement.
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:08 AM   #4
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I wouldn't drive it hard or soft, drive it like you do everyday. You want the transmission to "learn" your driving style, then drive it like you do. If your daily drive is like most peoples, there will always be a combination of soft and hard driving.
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As Kabigon said, the "learning" is really about adjusting to the unique characteristics of the clutch in a particular car. With installation of a new clutch,the old memory should be erased. The dealer likely also installed the newest version of PCM software in your car along with the clutch, which would also erase old memory.

As others have said, I'd drive the new clutch as you intend to drive it long-term.
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I wouldn't drive it hard or soft, drive it like you do everyday. You want the transmission to "learn" your driving style, then drive it like you do. If your daily drive is like most peoples, there will always be a combination of soft and hard driving.
there was a post earlier this week where an owner was having shift problems on when he had extra passengers (weight) and the dealer told him it may have to re-learn driving with extra weight.
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