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Old 09-07-2004, 05:31 PM   #1
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Well i got my car back from ford all fixed up all care of warranty stuff. One thing that i did not get fixed was the marble metal rattle thing in the tranny area (the TSB recently issued). The noise is very faint, and only happens every so often. I would have gotten the clutch in and everything fixed...my only fear is that the clutch could be aftermarket. Before i got the car, i guess the kid who had it put tons of aftermarket parts on the car (something i found out after the fact) and then they put it all back to stock before i bought the car. So basically what i am asking is there a way to tell if i have an aftermarket clutch on my car? I know they paint the tops of bolts on somethings (suspension) so the dealer can tell if anything has been messed with...do they do that same thing with the tranny ? I really don't want them to open up my tranny then realize i have to front the money for my clutch because it is an aftermarket and not stock. Any tips or suggestions would be much appreciated. From what i can tell it seems to be a "normal" clutch but i have nothing to compare it to. Thanks guys.


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Old 09-08-2004, 01:53 AM   #2
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try your best to find someone with an SVT with a stock clutch, rev th engine to 7000 and hold the clutch in halfway until you smell something. then do the same in your car. if the smell is the same, more than likely you have a stock clutch.















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Old 09-08-2004, 10:28 AM   #3
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hmm....any other way...anyone?
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Get a hold of the previous owner. You should be able to track them down some how...it is your right to know what has been done to the car. Now, Im sorry I cant tell you how to go about doing that.
Also, does the noise go away when the clutch pedal is pressed down? The noise you are describing is exactly what the tsb is for. You really should find some one to compare clutches with, if you have an aftermarket clutch you would know right away when compared to a stock one. How many manual cars have you driven? How does this clutch compare to those?
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Old 09-08-2004, 01:09 PM   #5
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all that i have had are manual cars...this clutch is easy to use, mutch easier than my previous cars..but considering my previous cars are chevy s-10 and an f-150 it is hard to judge. But from the feel of the clutch my car feels really easy to engage and disengage. Yeah the noise goes away when clutch is depressed. The thing with getting ahold of the previous owner is...the car was a repo then sold off at ford motor credit auction. I am 90% sure that the clutch is stock but the last thing i want is a suprise of a $1400 bill. Thanks JRSCSVT, i notice you have an aftermarket clutch..typically what does an aftermarket do, make the car more "grabby"?
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Completely depends on the clutch. Something like a twin-plate clutch with be very "grabby" but will also hold a whole lot more power and make shifts more direct. Higher-end clutches tend to be made of organic carbon material and are actually MORE progressive than the OE clutch. There's no one definitive answer.
Aftermaket clutches do tend to make more noise, but like I said that's no way to really know. Either contact the previous owner or borrow someone elses SVTF for a quick drive and see if it is noticeably different.
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Old 09-08-2004, 03:36 PM   #7
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the good news is my clutch is making the exact noise and symptoms as the TSB...i'm just a bit scared of what could be inside...thanks guys for your help...if i knew someone with another SVT i would do that, too bad my brother has the SE :(. Well maybe in a couple weeks i will send my baby to the shop and get the new clutch...hopefully it will all be under warranty...ill let you guys know the results...if anyone else has any tips still feel free.
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Mine just started the rattle today. Going to save for an aftermarket clutch and have it put in. Anyone know what a mechanic would charge to install one given that I provide the parts?
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Any shop should be able to do that.
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