Clutch/Transmission Issue? - Focus Fanatics
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Focus Fanatics > Ford Focus ST > Focus ST

Focus ST The place to chat about general questions, window tinting, exterior body, interior and lighting upgrades for the MK3 2013-Current Focus ST.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-16-2014, 01:39 PM   #1
bbrodriguez
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Fan#: 156442
Location: Anytown, United States
What I Drive: 2013 Ford Focus ST

Posts: 3
FF Reputation: 1 bbrodriguez Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Clutch/Transmission Issue?

New to the forum - been driving the ST for approximately 18k miles, less than a year old. Been a blast until now...

Now onto the problem - I recently noticed some shaking in first gear and the car was unable to resume cruise control after braking (the RPMs shoot up when I resume, then drop down, which is when the cruise control disengages; also, at highway speeds, i see the RPMs fluctuate between 2500 and 3000 RPMs when I'm generally in that range and am not depressing or releasing the accelerator). As to my driving habits - I've been babying this car from the beginning, trying to maximize mileage and I never downshift.

I took it into a Ford dealership and was finally told they think my clutch is worn down, but they won't know until they take the transmission apart. Imagine my surprise - even if I drove the car hard, I would think the clutch should be good for a lot longer, though I'm no mechanic... I also own a 2003 z06 which I've been driving for the past 10 years and have NEVER had a clutch issue.

On top of all that, I was told that if it's a worn clutch (and possibly flywheel), my warranty wouldn't cover any of the work. The cost to fix will be around 1200-1500 total depending on whether the flywheel needs to be replaced.

SO, what do you guys think? I was thinking about dropping the car off at the dealership tonight, so I need this to be fixed. I'm just baffled.

As a side note, I also took the car to a third party mechanic and he drove it around - because the shifting was still smooth and given the car is new and doesn't have much mileage on it, he doesn't think it can be the clutch.

Thanks

edit: i heard it could also be related to TSB 140007, though I can't pull up any details on that, so i'm not sure. ideas?


bbrodriguez is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-16-2014, 02:32 PM   #2
valmundo
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Fan#: 89368
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
What I Drive: 2012 Focus SE & 2013 ST2

Posts: 416
FF Reputation: 10 valmundo Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bbrodriguez View Post
New to the forum - been driving the ST for approximately 18k miles, less than a year old. Been a blast until now...

Now onto the problem - I recently noticed some shaking in first gear and the car was unable to resume cruise control after braking (the RPMs shoot up when I resume, then drop down, which is when the cruise control disengages; also, at highway speeds, i see the RPMs fluctuate between 2500 and 3000 RPMs when I'm generally in that range and am not depressing or releasing the accelerator). As to my driving habits - I've been babying this car from the beginning, trying to maximize mileage and I never downshift.

I took it into a Ford dealership and was finally told they think my clutch is worn down, but they won't know until they take the transmission apart. Imagine my surprise - even if I drove the car hard, I would think the clutch should be good for a lot longer, though I'm no mechanic... I also own a 2003 z06 which I've been driving for the past 10 years and have NEVER had a clutch issue.

On top of all that, I was told that if it's a worn clutch (and possibly flywheel), my warranty wouldn't cover any of the work. The cost to fix will be around 1200-1500 total depending on whether the flywheel needs to be replaced.

SO, what do you guys think? I was thinking about dropping the car off at the dealership tonight, so I need this to be fixed. I'm just baffled.

As a side note, I also took the car to a third party mechanic and he drove it around - because the shifting was still smooth and given the car is new and doesn't have much mileage on it, he doesn't think it can be the clutch.

Thanks

edit: i heard it could also be related to TSB 140007, though I can't pull up any details on that, so i'm not sure. ideas?
First of all, the car has a 3 year 36,000 bumper to bumper warranty. If the dealership you are currently dealing with says that the work may not be covered by the warranty GO FIND A NEW DEALER. It is absolutely untrue that any potential clutch problem would not be covered under warranty considering the fact that you have so few miles on your car.
valmundo is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2014, 02:33 PM   #3
bbrodriguez
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Fan#: 156442
Location: Anytown, United States
What I Drive: 2013 Ford Focus ST

Posts: 3
FF Reputation: 1 bbrodriguez Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
thanks, valmundo - they're saying if it's a worn clutch issue, it won't be covered by the warranty. if it's some sort of defect, then it would be.
bbrodriguez is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2014, 02:45 PM   #4
valmundo
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Fan#: 89368
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
What I Drive: 2012 Focus SE & 2013 ST2

Posts: 416
FF Reputation: 10 valmundo Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Take the car somewhere else for a second opinion. The fact that there may be clutch issues this early indicates to me that its a defect / quality control issue that should be covered under warranty.

Don't accept that bogus response.
valmundo is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2014, 04:25 PM   #5
W13FOCUS
Focus Enthusiast
 
W13FOCUS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Fan#: 147546
Location: Rio Rancho, NM
What I Drive: 2012 Oxford White SE

Posts: 72
FF Reputation: 1 W13FOCUS Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bbrodriguez View Post
New to the forum - been driving the ST for approximately 18k miles, less than a year old. Been a blast until now...

Now onto the problem - I recently noticed some shaking in first gear and the car was unable to resume cruise control after braking (the RPMs shoot up when I resume, then drop down, which is when the cruise control disengages; also, at highway speeds, i see the RPMs fluctuate between 2500 and 3000 RPMs when I'm generally in that range and am not depressing or releasing the accelerator). As to my driving habits - I've been babying this car from the beginning, trying to maximize mileage and I never downshift.

I took it into a Ford dealership and was finally told they think my clutch is worn down, but they won't know until they take the transmission apart. Imagine my surprise - even if I drove the car hard, I would think the clutch should be good for a lot longer, though I'm no mechanic... I also own a 2003 z06 which I've been driving for the past 10 years and have NEVER had a clutch issue.

On top of all that, I was told that if it's a worn clutch (and possibly flywheel), my warranty wouldn't cover any of the work. The cost to fix will be around 1200-1500 total depending on whether the flywheel needs to be replaced.

SO, what do you guys think? I was thinking about dropping the car off at the dealership tonight, so I need this to be fixed. I'm just baffled.

As a side note, I also took the car to a third party mechanic and he drove it around - because the shifting was still smooth and given the car is new and doesn't have much mileage on it, he doesn't think it can be the clutch.

Thanks

edit: i heard it could also be related to TSB 140007, though I can't pull up any details on that, so i'm not sure. ideas?


not covered... utter BS... as mentioned the car has a 3yr/30k warranty. the drive train has 5yr/60k miles... should be covered 100%... my dealer gave me a "loaner" while they worked on mine... speak with the service manager... also Todd (forum Ford Rep) may be able to help... he helped me out amazingly with my ford dealer...
W13FOCUS is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2014, 05:17 PM   #6
bbrodriguez
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Fan#: 156442
Location: Anytown, United States
What I Drive: 2013 Ford Focus ST

Posts: 3
FF Reputation: 1 bbrodriguez Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
thanks for the replies so far.

the original dealer was helfman ford in sugar land. im going to have another ford dealership look at the car this friday and see what they say too.

no luck on the loaner car though at either dealership - i'll reach out to Todd to see if he can help out with anything. thanks!
bbrodriguez is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 09:03 PM   #7
GoldenHour
Focus Enthusiast
 
GoldenHour's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Fan#: 103427
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
What I Drive: 2014 Tuxedo Black ST

Posts: 352
FF Reputation: 3 GoldenHour Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
you might want to take a look at TSB 13-9-7

http://http://www.focusst.org/forum/...3-present.htmlhttp://www.focusst.org/forum/focus-s...3-present.html
GoldenHour is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 10:24 PM   #8
Kabigon
Focus Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Fan#: 88299
Location: Torrance, CA
What I Drive: 2012 sterling gray Titanium

Posts: 2,891
FF Reputation: 9 Kabigon Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by W13FOCUS View Post
not covered... utter BS... as mentioned the car has a 3yr/30k warranty. the drive train has 5yr/60k miles... should be covered 100%...

Clutch discs (like brake pads) are wear and tear items.
It may be replaced under warranty because of a defect.
It would likely not be covered under warranty in the case of abuse and/or excessive wear.
__________________
I am Kabigon and I approve this message.

Last edited by Kabigon; 04-20-2014 at 11:12 PM.
Kabigon is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 10:28 PM   #9
Kabigon
Focus Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Fan#: 88299
Location: Torrance, CA
What I Drive: 2012 sterling gray Titanium

Posts: 2,891
FF Reputation: 9 Kabigon Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bbrodriguez View Post
New to the forum - been driving the ST for approximately 18k miles, less than a year old. Been a blast until now...

Now onto the problem - I recently noticed some shaking in first gear and the car was unable to resume cruise control after braking (the RPMs shoot up when I resume, then drop down, which is when the cruise control disengages; also, at highway speeds, i see the RPMs fluctuate between 2500 and 3000 RPMs when I'm generally in that range and am not depressing or releasing the accelerator). As to my driving habits - I've been babying this car from the beginning, trying to maximize mileage and I never downshift.

I took it into a Ford dealership and was finally told they think my clutch is worn down, but they won't know until they take the transmission apart. Imagine my surprise - even if I drove the car hard, I would think the clutch should be good for a lot longer, though I'm no mechanic... I also own a 2003 z06 which I've been driving for the past 10 years and have NEVER had a clutch issue.

On top of all that, I was told that if it's a worn clutch (and possibly flywheel), my warranty wouldn't cover any of the work. The cost to fix will be around 1200-1500 total depending on whether the flywheel needs to be replaced.

SO, what do you guys think? I was thinking about dropping the car off at the dealership tonight, so I need this to be fixed. I'm just baffled.

As a side note, I also took the car to a third party mechanic and he drove it around - because the shifting was still smooth and given the car is new and doesn't have much mileage on it, he doesn't think it can be the clutch.

Thanks

edit: i heard it could also be related to TSB 140007, though I can't pull up any details on that, so i'm not sure. ideas?
Google "focus st clutch issues".
You will find that you are certainly not alone.
It seems that the clutch replacement may not be covered under warranty.
__________________
I am Kabigon and I approve this message.
Kabigon is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 10:44 PM   #10
GoldenHour
Focus Enthusiast
 
GoldenHour's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Fan#: 103427
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
What I Drive: 2014 Tuxedo Black ST

Posts: 352
FF Reputation: 3 GoldenHour Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kabigon View Post
Google "focus st clutch issues".
You will find that you are certainly not alone.
It seems that the clutch replacement may not be covered under warranty.
we need someone who jumps up and defends the ST clutch everytime you say this just like you relentlessly defend the DCT .
GoldenHour is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:21 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information : Site Map

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.