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Old 05-14-2010, 09:39 PM   #1
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Couple questions before I buy...

Hey all,

Long story short, I've decided that a SVT Focus is (hopefully) going to be my next car.

Today I spent a good amount of time checking one out, and while it's not perfect, it was a TON of fun to drive.

There are two things I noticed that struck me as odd and I would like to know if they are normal:

1) Clutch does not fully engage until somewhere between 1/2 - 2/3 released. This normally tells me that there is a new clutch coming in the near future, but wanted to see what's normal for these cars anyway.

2) When I pulled the oil filler cap with the engine running, I noticed a decent amount of pulsating air exiting from the filler hole, roughly at the same frequency as the exhaust. Is this normal PCV function, or does that particular engine have an abnormal amount of blowby? When I took the filler cap off the engine did NOT stumble or run any differently.

Thanks for any help you can provide


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Personally my clutch, and I have a stock, well it's on the 2nd clutch, but it's an OEM replacement of the original with the TSB fix, and it seems to pull pretty far from the floor before engaging -- I would say it's normal!

As for the oil, you say air pulsating, do you mean like, smoke? Because, I know SVTF's have piston/cylinder? I guess coolers that shoot oil underneath the piston, and I believe it causes a lot of smoke out the dipstick and lid. I could be horribly mistaken however.
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Personally my clutch, and I have a stock, well it's on the 2nd clutch, but it's an OEM replacement of the original with the TSB fix, and it seems to pull pretty far from the floor before engaging -- I would say it's normal!

As for the oil, you say air pulsating, do you mean like, smoke? Because, I know SVTF's have piston/cylinder? I guess coolers that shoot oil underneath the piston, and I believe it causes a lot of smoke out the dipstick and lid. I could be horribly mistaken however.
Thanks for the quick reply standard.

That's good to hear about the clutch. I figured I would find out by driving other SVTFs I'm interested in, but knowing what's "normal" with the OEM clutch is a plus.

As for the pulsation at the oil fill cap, there was not any "smoke" (vaporized oil I would imagine) but then again the engine wasn't fully at operating temperature yet. Basically, when I took the fill cap off, I could physically feel pulsating air escaping from the hole, and clearly heard what sounded similar to a very muffled exhaust sound (which is what makes me concerned that it's blowby).

I guess if anyone has the chance, pull your oil fill cap with the engine running and see if you notice the same thing. It would be much appreciated if anyone could do that and post up their observations.

Thanks again guys.
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Yeah, clutch sounds normal. These cars have a different engagement point (especially if it's had the TSB fix), but you get used to it and it's kind of nice.

I've never ran my car with the oil cap off before, so can't say on that one. If nobody else replies I'll check it out on mine when I get a chance
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Yeah, clutch sounds normal. These cars have a different engagement point (especially if it's had the TSB fix), but you get used to it and it's kind of nice.

I've never ran my car with the oil cap off before, so can't say on that one. If nobody else replies I'll check it out on mine when I get a chance
Thanks for the reply RS3RS.

So far I've driven two different SVTs for sale locally and you're right, the clutch engagement point was about the same on both (one had 70k miles, the other had 97k).

In addition, I checked the engine on both of them and the "pulsation" was present in the same fashion for both engines. So I think it's safe to say this is a normal condition for the SVT engine.
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