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Old 05-17-2005, 06:39 AM   #1
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Clutch question

Here's one that I haven't seen posted here before.

When I do a lot of hiway driving, my clutch gets very stiff. It returns to normal after a while, but the clutch feels very strange after lengthy hiway driving. Sometimes, the clutch feels this way after my morning commute (25 miles).

Has anyone else experienced this? Is it a problem? Do these shoes make my ass look big?


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Old 05-17-2005, 06:53 AM   #2
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Possibly because it's a hydraulic clutch and you aren't using it much so it gets stagnant and builds up some pressure (from heat and the like) and can't release it until you engage it a time or 3.
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Old 05-18-2005, 07:04 AM   #3
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Thanks, Daeron. The odd thing is, it doesn't do it every time.

No one has experienced this?

Sometimes it takes substantial hi way driving, and other times, it starts after only a short period (10 mile or less).

Guess I'll have to take it in and have the dealership tell me they can't duplicate the problem.
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I have the same problem, after about 8 miles of highway driving the clutch gets very heavy and after some pumps it goes back to normal.

Maybe with the heat it gets "stuck" to the flywheel?
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Old 05-18-2005, 06:22 PM   #5
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Same here! I've been complaining about this for a year now and no one has been able to help and the dealers haven't been able to duplicate it at all!!!!! It seems to be after you drive it through the gears a little harder than normal, like fast city driving, and then I jump on the highway for about 10 miles with no clutch use and the clutch feels like a rock when you try to engage it! It's really pissing me off that no one can fix this!
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Never ever leave the dealership until they understand and have seen/heard what you are talking about.

My thinking is there is a problem with the slave clutch cylinder over pressurizing the line while it's not in use and at high RPMs for a long period of time.
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Old 05-19-2005, 03:57 PM   #7
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I have experienced this also but not just with the focus. I have driven manual trans most of my life and have noticed this little anomaly on many different cars.
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yeah some cars have it some cars don't - the c320 my dad drives is stick and we've gone to GA with it and it doesn't do that at all but the focus does
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