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Old 06-21-2018, 10:34 PM   #1
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Need help diagnosing a problem... or 2

Hello everyone, first message here, though I imagine there will be plenty more to come. I just purchases a 2003 SVT Focus to build a track car out of. I race in a time attack series and I thought this would be a good platform to start with. I bought the car with several known issues and I image a few unknown. Eventually the car will be striped of all interior, lexan windows, no ac, no power steering, etc. That in mind I would like to get it up and running before diving into that mess, so here is where I am now...

The previous owner thought the clutch was shot, I think there is more going on. The clutch pedal feels dead, no resistance aside from the spring. When the car isn't running the car will go into all 6 gears and reverse, or at least it feels like it does. There is a little fluid leaking from between the bell housing and the engine and it looks like clutch / brake fluid (I'm aware they share a reservoir). The reservoir is nearly empty. That leads me to believe it is the slave cylinder, but here is where things get weird. So if I put the car into gear, push the clutch in and start the car, it doesn't move as I would expect it too if there was no fluid, it would basically be like starting the car in gear with the clutch out. Let the clutch out, car doesn't move. Previous owner claimed that he had to have the clutch linkage fixed recently (not even sure what he means by this) and stated the owner before him recently (3 months ago) replaced the clutch. It seems like both the clutch and the slave cylinder are shot, but that doesn't make much sense to me. Or the tranny is shot, but there is no grinding or noise, clutch pedal in our out while running.

Summary:
"dead" feel of clutch pedal
hydraulic fluid leaking from bell housing
car will not move when running weather in or out of gear
No fluid in brake/clutch reservoir

There are other issues with the engine and idle speed that I will address later, kinda feel like this is a good place to start. Thank you all in advance for your thoughts. I look forward to getting this thing under its own power to start a budget time attack race car build.


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