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Old 03-20-2007, 09:25 PM   #1
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trans noise!

I just bought my 03 svt three weeks ago, used from a dealership. Three days after I bought it the trans started making a chatter when I let out on the clutch. When the clutch is pushed in the noise is gone!? Is it the throw out bearing or is the trans? Also when I am traveling between 2500 and 3500 rpms with a steady throttle the car hesitates slightly, almost like a fuel problem. The car is completely stock!



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Old 03-20-2007, 10:27 PM   #2
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Two well-known issues with the SVT. The "hesitation" is more commonly referred to as "surging" and can usually be eliminated or at least reduced by getting a custom aftermarket tune for the ECU. The noise from the transaxle is covered in a TSB, they replace the clutch and flywheel among other parts. I had this done long ago while still under warranty, and thought I rarely drive the car and am far less abusive than many SVT owners, the noise came back.
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Did you check the CAT cover piece? Apparently it can rattle. Otherwise, if you're still under 36000 miles, get the TSB done at a dealership.
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the cat rattle will happen ususally between 1200-1700 rpms then go away.
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1. The clutch TSB should solve your problem, also these trans make more noise than most do anyways

2. An aftermarket tune will not only cure the hesitation, but improve overall performance, increase peak and midrange power and also increase your MPG.
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An aftermarket tune will not only cure the hesitation, but improve overall performance, increase peak and midrange power and also increase your MPG.
Yeah I guess I kinda forgot to mention the better parts of the tune...
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thanks

This gives me good starting point and stops me from driving the car through the showroom windows.lol The car has 47,000 miles on it and the dealership I bought it from gave me 50% parts, 50% labor warranty. The parts would not be too bad but they would probally sock it to me on the labor. I have piece of mind knowing the trans is likely not bad. Thanks!
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Hey Dave, its Chris. remember we meet at Baker college?

well anyway that TSB should be taken care of at the ford dealer. not the used car dealer. and if they wont do it and the dealer you bought the car from is going to bend you over, then we can do it in your driveway. (assuming you have a driveway)

Shoot me a PM sometime *for some reason i cant send you one? like you have em disabled or something* or just give me a call man. i have helped a buddy of mine do his throwout bearing in his svt. so there not all that hard really. just time comsuming
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The TSB issued for the clutch assembly WILL NOT BE HONORED.

You are out of the base warranty period which is the period the TSB applies. I went through this recently (my car had 45K when I replaced the clutch).

The noise you are hearing is well documented and is just one of those things you have to live with if you intend to keep the car in stock or nearly stock trim. I went with an aftermarket clutch assembly and the noise is still present.

The surging can be corrected with a reflash or an aftermarket tune. Fortunately, my car has never experienced this issue. I've never had the ECU reflashed.

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Follow up - My SVT never had the TSB done. I have the all-too-famous noise when the clutch is out.

Is the noise a warning of impending damage to the tranny in any way, or was the TSB purely to solve the noise annoyance?
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