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Old 05-22-2012, 10:45 AM   #1
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clutch chatter

my 03 svt has had a history of clutch chatter. right around 30k miles the trans and clutch had to be replaced due to clutch chatter. now the car has 119k and i believe i have the same problem.
i start my car, and i can hear a little chattering noise. if i push the clutch in the noise goes away. (until i release the clutch.) some days are worse than others.
yesterday i was cruising from milwaukee to waukesha (moving slightly faster than the posted speed limit, but not running the car above 4500 rpm in any gear. i get back into milwaukee and the chattering noise is a constant noise and louder than ever before. this morning i started the car, and the noise is there, but it isnt as bad as it was yesterday. (most noticeable between 1000-2500 rpm
has anyone ever gone through this, and what is it gonna cost me?

any tips on this would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-22-2012, 01:05 PM   #2
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mine chatters just sitting at a light but i have a aluminum flywheel, is yours aluminum or the dual mass?
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mine chatters just sitting at a light but i have a aluminum flywheel, is yours aluminum or the dual mass?
^, stock or not?

If it's been changed to a single piece fly, then it's slightly normal, I get chatter too, but very little, and it doesn't get louder as I go?
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:34 PM   #4
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mine is bone stock. and i'm used to a little bit of chatter that could usually be tuned out by turning the heater on. this is comparatively much louder than that (yes it does get louder as i go faster) not so much in 3rd gear, but in first and second, it is really bad. i also noticed it with the clutch pushed in, and as i slow down to around 10 mph i can hear it.
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does it go away when in nuetral and the clutch is engaged
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as i drive it, (i either have to save money to get it fixed or wait for something to go bang...) i am learning that as i sit stopped in neutral, with the clutch out. i hear the noise. when i push the pedal in, i can hear the noise wind down (maybe a bearing?) it is definatly not a normal sound, but i still have the power and i'm not grinding when i shift, so i'm not sure what to make of it.
maybe i should check the local forums to see if there would be someone a bit more familliar with the focus quirks that might be able to stop by and hear it.

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Doesn' sound normal

I have an aluminum flywheel and you can hear the chatter at idle, but it goes away when I push in the clutch. Sorry to hear you're having problems but if you do end up needing a new clutch, I think a aluminum flywheel would be a good mod. But remember, you will have some chatter at idle.
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as i drive it, (i either have to save money to get it fixed or wait for something to go bang...) i am learning that as i sit stopped in neutral, with the clutch out. i hear the noise. when i push the pedal in, i can hear the noise wind down (maybe a bearing?) it is definatly not a normal sound, but i still have the power and i'm not grinding when i shift, so i'm not sure what to make of it.
maybe i should check the local forums to see if there would be someone a bit more familliar with the focus quirks that might be able to stop by and hear it.

Well your at 119K, a thousand miles farther then I made it with my stock stuff in my D23, it's probably about time to get in there, and do work.


Buy good parts.

Do the research here.

Replace fly bolts. Do not re-use them if you take the flywheel off. Pressure plate bolts are fine though, you will see why when you get there.

I'm not sure if SVT use's the DMF, but if it does, replace it, don't re-use it, or resurface it.

DMF = Dual Mass Flywheel. Read this.
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That's a good question though???

Can anyone tell me, what all focus motor's will you see a DMF on?

Duratec 2.3l yes
Duratec 2.0l yes
SVT-???
Zetec DOHC-???
SPI- I don't think so???
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:36 AM   #10
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i've had a few people drive it and the common guess is throw out bearing.. still sounds like gear teeth to me... but it's going on a lift tomorrow, and i'll hopefully get a better idea as to what has gone bad.
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