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Old 03-12-2012, 11:00 PM   #721
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Kam327, it is ironic I had no temperature warnings of any kind. I only received nostril warnings, from smelling clutch material.

Went for an extended drive today, and all is well, except for the revving/upshifting behavior on a slight downhill coast, after cresting a very short, steep hill on my street.

Always had that, still a bummer. I wanted the dealership to flash the tranny with the latest update, but the workorder said I already had the latest update, which I do not.

I don't know if it affects the low speed, downhill coast behavior. If not, then I won't push for it. However, if it does address the issue, I'll have to nab it.

Anyway, I'm just happy to get the car back with no shudder/chatter issues. Nice.
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:13 PM   #722
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One hint if you're a new owner: these things seem to drive better if your right foot is active. Rather than push the accelerator to a position and hold it there like a conventional automatic, it seems happier and more responsive if you use the accelerator sort of like you would in a manual trans car: add more throttle as you accelerate, back off a bit at shift time, add more throttle, etc..
I agree! I went to race my brother in his V6 Escape (only up to 45mph) at a stoplight yesterday and I floored it. I still won - but it seemed a lot slower than usual (my ~3/4 throttle shifting)... weird.
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:06 AM   #723
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One hint if you're a new owner: these things seem to drive better if your right foot is active. Rather than push the accelerator to a position and hold it there like a conventional automatic, it seems happier and more responsive if you use the accelerator sort of like you would in a manual trans car: add more throttle as you accelerate, back off a bit at shift time, add more throttle, etc..
That's a great tip! May be why I haven't had problems with my DCT, I use that method. I do notice if I just hold the pedal it does shift poorer than when I feather it at shift points. I never really thought about it until you mentioned it, good call! You get a point!
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:10 AM   #724
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^Second that good tip thanks
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:19 AM   #725
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Kam327, it is ironic I had no temperature warnings of any kind. I only received nostril warnings, from smelling clutch material.

Went for an extended drive today, and all is well, except for the revving/upshifting behavior on a slight downhill coast, after cresting a very short, steep hill on my street.
Awesome, congrats. You must be relieved. So they replaced one of the clutch assemblies? Any idea of whether it just never got broken in right (hot spots, etc.) or if they've made some subtle changes to the design (e.g. long rivets) that solved the problem?
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:16 AM   #726
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some subtle changes to the design (e.g. long rivets) that solved the problem?
The service manager at my local dealer said that my car already had the long rivet or "green" clutches. Apparently the term "green" refers to a specific design rather than a reference to a clutch not having been broken in.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:19 AM   #727
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Kam327, I have no idea. The 2,4,6 gears thing was subtle at first. So subtle I just attributed it to road irregularities, and didn't make the connection. It got worse over time, so finally was able to notice the problem in gears 2 and 6, as well (4th was a problem, before I noticed the other two gears).

The problem was repeatable constantly, so I brought it in. Shudder at 70 mph in 6th, when driving into a stiff headwind, was the last straw.

I contacted Noemi, appointment was setup, car was fixed, and all is good. I don't know if parts were shipped to Ford engineering for eval., or not. I'm guessing not.

I've become hyper aware of the tranny, just paying attention to what it's doing now. Gears 1, 3, and 5 are smooth so far, so all is good.

My wife wants to take a nice trip, so off we go!
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The service manager at my local dealer said that my car already had the long rivet or "green" clutches. Apparently the term "green" refers to a specific design rather than a reference to a clutch not having been broken in.
Oh good, I know from Motor Trend they added them at some point of production. When was your car built?
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My wife wants to take a nice trip, so off we go!
Great! Just make sure you don't use cruise control, keep up- and down-shifting constantly to get the new clutch good and broken in. And floor it on the freeway on-ramps.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:25 AM   #730
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My Car is set to be built on 3/26...guess the new clutch should be in place.
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