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Old 11-05-2019, 07:14 PM   #1
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How long should a clutch disc last?

My 2012 Focus S has the original clutch at 257,000+ miles. I have always driven standards and do not abuse the clutch. Still, am I on borrowed time? What should I be looking to know if the clutch is on the way out? I don't want to get stuck in rush hour traffic.


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257k miles? Lol do you commute Mon-Fri from LA to FL?


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My 2012 Focus S has the original clutch at 257,000+ miles. I have always driven standards and do not abuse the clutch. Still, am I on borrowed time? What should I be looking to know if the clutch is on the way out? I don't want to get stuck in rush hour traffic.
I have heard that one way to tell if the clutch is about to go is how having the bite point almost at the top end of the clutch travel. Can you tell if your clutch is slipping or vibrating?

Good god the mileage is quite high. Are you sure your car is not set in kilometres? You got your money's worth out of the Focus!
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From my experience the clutch normally starts slipping in a high gear at slow speeds.
If I were buying a manual car used to test the clutch I would go uphill at 40 miles an hour in the highest gear.

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So far no slipping problems. I was told a while ago that you can check the clutch by starting in second gear without slipping. No problems there either. I have been detecting a slight burning smell through the vents but not when I open the hood so I'm not sure what that is. Plenty of oil in the engine.
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So far no slipping problems. I was told a while ago that you can check the clutch by starting in second gear without slipping. No problems there either. I have been detecting a slight burning smell through the vents but not when I open the hood so I'm not sure what that is. Plenty of oil in the engine.
Have you swapped fluid in the trans ever? Leaks are possible, oil/coolant and that would burn if dripped/sprayed on something hot and could come through the vents. What does it smell like? Coolant will smell sweeter than oil (smell your dip stick or oil cap to compare)


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From my experience the clutch normally starts slipping in a high gear at slow speeds.
If I were buying a manual car used to test the clutch I would go uphill at 40 miles an hour in the highest gear.

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please dont ever test drive my focus ST
I have a Fiesta ST. Yeah I wouldn't do that to a turbocharged car low speed pre ignition.

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my clutch throw-out bearing failed causing the clutch to slip extremely bad at around 70k miles mines a 14 se. I'm sure if I didn't drive it after it failed the clutch would have been fine.
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My 2012 Focus S has the original clutch at 257,000+ miles.
That's freakin amazing. Are you the original owner?
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That's freakin amazing. Are you the original owner?
Yes, original owner. I had a 150 mile round trip commute for the first 7 years of ownership.

With regard to the smell, I only smell it when idling like in stop and go traffic. It's not oil or coolant. I replaced the coolant at 100k and 200k. I replaced the belts and trans oil at 150k. The engine oil is changed regularly and is not low. The smell smells more like belts or the clutch disk. Hence my original question.
However, the clutch is working fine (did the start in second and shift in to 4th at the lower end of the range up a hill, both with no slipping) and the belts look good. Of course, the smell could be other cars on the road I stuck with. Maybe I'm just being paranoid.
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