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Old 03-08-2005, 04:54 PM   #1
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Got my car back from the clutch TSB!

Finally, 8 days after taking my car back in for the clutch TSB (rattling in neutral with clutch released), I have my Focus back in my drive way. The clutch feels way different now, probably needs broken in though. I actually killed it at a stop light after leaving the dealership, the first time I've killed an engine since I was learning how to drive a stick on my dad's F150.

There's kind of a whining sound now when the clutch pedal is released, probably just needs broken in though...?

Here's what the paper thing they gave me says:



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A C/S RATTLE WITH CLUTCH OUT AND IN NET.
CAUSE: 20450 7563 PRESS PLATE D4 PER TSB 04-21-19 TEST DROVE TO VERIFY.
NOISE REPLACED CLUTCH PRESSUE PLATE T.O. BEARING AND FLYWHEEL PER TSB 04-
7003A MANUAL TRANSMISSION ASSEMBLY - REMOVE AND INSTALL (7003) - L


REFILLED TRANS TO PROPER LEVEL REFILLED P.S. TO PROPER LEVEL TEST DROVE O.K. AFTER REPAIRS
Friendly Ford here in Springfield, MO was really good. The service guy was incredibly nice, didn't have to argue about anything at all. I'd give them 4 out of 5 stars, simply because they didn't return the car to me washed/vacuumed like they're supposed to. Nor did they offer a loaner, but I didn't want one anyway, as I was wanting to drive my old car some before I sell it.


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Old 03-08-2005, 04:57 PM   #2
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STALL - haha just blame it on the clutch
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Old 03-08-2005, 05:07 PM   #3
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Good deal.
The "new design" clutch is a whole lot better than the old one, isn't it?
I almost stalled mine too when I drove off with the Tech on a test ride.

Did you get the work order with the parts listed?
Just curious to see if you matched the numbers up with what's listed on the TSB.
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Good deal.
The "new design" clutch is a whole lot better than the old one, isn't it?
I almost stalled mine too when I drove off with the Tech on a test ride.

Did you get the work order with the parts listed?
Just curious to see if you matched the numbers up with what's listed on the TSB.
Yup, it has the parts listed, and I just matched them up with the TSB. Everything's the same as far as all the part numbers go, so that seems good. They didn't replace my transaxle though, it must not have needed it.

The clutch is really going to take some getting used to, I think I'll like it though. Does it "loosen up" a little once it's broken in, or no?
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Mine still grabs the same as when I picked it up. (~4,000 miles now)
I suppose the pedal effort has softened a bit,
but the clutch still grabs phenomenally better than the original one.

BTW, I asked the Tech about a break-in procedure.
He just said to drive it normally, there's nothing special required.
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im starting to hear noises comin outta front drivers side of my car, i wonder if mines starting to go. its got 13k almost on it.
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Drove it some more tonight, and I have to say I really do like the clutch a lot better now. Like you said, it grabs a whole lot better than it did before. The whining sound I talked about went away after I drove it a few more miles, so no worries there. I'm really glad I got it done. The dealership didn't put a mark on my car either, I was kind of worried about that.

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im starting to hear noises comin outta front drivers side of my car, i wonder if mines starting to go. its got 13k almost on it.
Start the car, and while holding the clutch in (obviously), put the transmission in neutral. Then, slowly let the clutch out, and listen/feel. Can you hear a rattle, or feel a rattle through the clutch pedal? The rattle was accurately described (by WD40 I believe) as sounding like marbles being shaken in a coffee can (though not usually as loud).

If it sounds like that, take it in.
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Does it cost anything to get this fixed? Just making sure.
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Old 03-09-2005, 05:01 AM   #9
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Does it cost anything to get this fixed? Just making sure.
Not if it's under warrenty, nope. Normally the clutch isn't covered after 12k miles, as it is a wear-and-tear item, but the TSB is an exception. If you can hear the rattling, definitely take it in.

If it's not under warrenty though, I'm assuming it'd cost a pretty penny. When I picked up the car, the girl at the desk looked at the list of all the work that was done on it, and just chuckled and said "Be glad you're still under warrenty!", so I'm guessing that's a sign...
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Man mine makes a whirrrrrr just after the clutch is engaged, I had my father drive the car (who has plenty of experiance with manual transmissions) and he said he wasnt sure if it needed to be replaced or not. Mind you the whirr is only sometimes, and random, but it feels like the pedal is loose when it whirrs. Do I need TSB? I took it to the dealership and they gave me a bitch about it.
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