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Old 09-28-2005, 01:14 PM   #1
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Clutch slippage

My clutch in my 2002 SVTf began slipping about 2 - 3 months ago. I was hoping that I could hold off on replacing it because I am getting rid of the car in May. Recently it has become very bad and have a feeling that it is going to be gone completely in the very near future. I am beyond my warranty but I do have an extended warranty, although not through Ford. I have a little bit of the rattle, but the main issue is the slipping. If I cannot get this covered under the extended warranty what would be the minimum that I can do to fix teh issue? Do I definitely need a new flywheel as well, or will just a replacment of the clutch solve the slipping porblem?

I want to spend the least amount of money possible as I am getting rid of this car in about 6 or 7 months. I would prefer to not go the route of Clutchmasters or any other "performance" clutch/set up. Are there other "OEM-like" clutches that won't kill the wallet?

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Old 09-28-2005, 01:25 PM   #2
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There is a TSB out on the clutches for 2002-2004 SVTF Foci. It is something like inability to shift and premature clutch wear. Not sure if your extended warranty will cover it, but it is worth a shot. The SVTOA website could tell you more, check the forums there. We had a thread here...but I can't remember where it was.
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We had a thread here...but I can't remember where it was.
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Yeah, I know about the TSB. Unfortunately my symptoms did not arise until after my standard warranty expired and only by about a month :(

Am I going to need all the parts listed on the TSB (i.e. Transaxle, slave cylinder, pressure plate, flywheel, pressure plate bolt, flywheel bolt, and dowel pins)? Or can I get away less parts just so that the clutch no longer slips?

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Old 09-28-2005, 02:43 PM   #5
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If you can't get it fixed that way ^^^ I would go to Autozone and buy a clutch from them, call a friend over to help you install it and prepare for a PITA R&R (from what I hear anyway). You will need to remove the flywheel and have it turned (machined) before installing the new clutch assembly, good luck with it man!!

EDIT: You will also need a clutch alignment tool wich Autozone sell's, it's an inexpensive piece made of plastic so you can get the clutch lined up properly before you torque the pressure plate down. I think that is going to be the cheapest way to get it done.
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Old 09-28-2005, 03:48 PM   #6
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Well I will definitely have the labor done professionally. I just wasn't sure if autozone sold a clutch that would work with the SVTf. I poked around their website and I am always unsure of sites like that because they seem to list the same part #'s for both the ZX3 and SVT when a lot of the time they use different parts. I found one on their site that says it is for the getrag tranny but its listed as unaivable on line and unavailable in store ... go figure.
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^ i'd just order an aftermarket clutch from clutchmaster and an aluminum flywheel..its expensive but effective.
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Honestly, if ur car is still eligible for the TSB under the extended warranty, go that route first. And, if your dealership gives u a hard time, go to at least one more SVT certified dealership in the area and consult with them about the TSB work. When I got mine done both the clutch and flywheel were replaced.

If not, well definitely go ahead and invest on a stgI or II clutch and flywheel. There have been a load of threads about different clutch & flywheel set-ups available for the SVTF.

Let us know what they say when u take it in!

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Old 09-29-2005, 02:15 PM   #9
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If you haven't allready, call around to all the major auto parts stores around you, one of them is bound to have a clutch for the SVTF.
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Old 09-30-2005, 10:27 AM   #10
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I just saw this on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Ford-...spagenameZWDVW

Think its worth the risk? I really only need it to last about 6 months.
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