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Old 07-05-2010, 03:16 PM   #1
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clutch slipping?

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Sounds like a rear main seal leak or a slave cylinder leak. Oil/brake fluid getting on the clutch.
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The slave cylinder is the one on the firewall on the driver's side that leaks into the cabin right? If so yes that does leak. The rear main isn't leaking because there are no oil droplets on the ground. Any ideas on how to determine either one of these 100%?
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Negative. Slave cylinder is IN the transmission.
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Actually......the slave cylinder is between the transmission and the pressure plate.
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don't know if it's the same on the svt (probably is) but the slave cylinder is part of the throw out bearing assembly (just worthless info) maybe it's leaking onto the clutch lining?
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Old 07-05-2010, 11:55 PM   #7
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So how can I correctly diagnose this or do I need to take it to Ford?
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Actually......the slave cylinder is between the transmission and the pressure plate.
Meh, guess I meant you have to take off the trans to get to it. And it's connected to the trans. "Inside the bell housing" would be a little more accurate, I suppose.
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Ya know, I pulled the tranny on my SVT because I had a real good slip on my clutch once when I hammered on it...
The friction plate still looks okay!
But what I DID notice, it green, crystallized stains inside the bell housing...engine coolant.
There is no gasket between the engine/tranny, and with the infamous stat housing leaks on the Zetec, it isn't very hard for coolant to find it's way inside the bell housing/clutch/flywheel area.

I'm wondering if my clutch slippage was due to the leak, but if I were you, I'd check for coolant leakage at the t-stat housing (directly over the tranny/engine mount).

But then again, you say you've burned out a half dozen clutches in your time...lol
Maybe it's just you? ;)
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So how can I correctly diagnose this or do I need to take it to Ford?
My tale of woe: The slave went out - clutch to the floor on its own. I took it to a shop that I have had real good luck with, but it turns out they don't know anything about the svt. $700.00 later the slave is ok - gear linkage feels like rope, a goofy metallic noise pops up, and now the clutch slips. I took it to the dealership and they fixed it right. Some stuff you should take to the expert - the clutch is one of those things - at least in my neighborhood.
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