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Old 08-30-2010, 07:03 PM   #1
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what does a bad clutch feel like

i test drove the svtf that i am hopefully buying this week, and i took off in second gear. it took off really smooth with no issues, but as i kept going in second, it hesitated a little bit a few times in a row, think this was because i was not giving it a lot of gas? or is it a clutch concern. thanks


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Old 08-30-2010, 07:45 PM   #2
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sounds like it could be the clutch. by hesitate do you mean it would just rev up and not do anything? if so that could mean the clutch is indeed slipping. but also were your rpms and everything ok? they weren't too low when this happened?
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Old 08-30-2010, 07:59 PM   #3
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i think the revs were pretty low, i was taking off in a parking lot and the revs were low. i gave it enough gas to take off, and it was smooth and fine then, it started to "buck" a very little amoungt until i gave it more gas. then it was fine. but the revs and speed were low. i think i am just looking for the clutch to be bad and getting paranoid.
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yeah, understandable. if you drive it again just keep an eye on it. it may not be something to worry about after all, it could have been just low running would be my guess, have to see if anyone else here will second that
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If the clutch is burntout then you'd see the RPMs rise and the car not go anywhere. In other words the car won't move much in any gear while the clutch slips.

If the car is hesitating and or pulsating under acceleration that could be anything from a vaccuum leak to intake/fuel delivery to timing.
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Old 08-30-2010, 08:46 PM   #6
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The bucking could be you operating the manual transmission too. Not saying you don't know how to drive stick but if you aren't good at a manual that might be the issue.

Bad clutch would be as described earlier, rpm's going up but car not accelerating indicating a slipping clutch.
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Was the car cold yet? Like my svt on the stock tune has a slight hesitation until warmed up.
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car was still a little cold, i think it was me. i know how to drive a stick and all, 2 of my 3 cars are sticks, and they are both tougher to drive than the focus was, it could not believe how light the clutch was. pretty different from my mustang. anyway i think i was just concentrating on how it was reacting and not enough on the revs, i was just kinda cursing. the engine did not rev up, and it grabbed quick and took off. i need to stop worrying about it.
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I've heard a couple ways to check a clutch, is put the car in 2nd gear and if you have a good clutch disc it should have no issues rolling from a stop (assuming YOU'RE not the issue :-p)

Also, get going around 15, put it in 4th gear and punch it. The RPMs/Speed should rise at about the same rate.
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Don't know if this is the right place to ask this or if there is a such place, but. Could someone tell me what SVT means? and what the difference is between the svt and non-svt? thanks.
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