Rumor has it that there is a new TSB out that includes the new part numbers for the replacement clutch assembly for use on Focus and Fiesta vehicles. The TSB number is 16-0109.I was at my dealership today and they confirmed the shudder issue.
Late last year, I had my clutches replaced with the F revision version.
Today, after about 8-9 months, and about 16k miles, we confirmed that the issues returned and with a vengeance.
Apparently, they run a test to determine whether clutches need replacing. If the number shows greater than 250, then Ford will replace the clutches. I had about 260 last time. THIS time, in today's testing, I was around 1100. My service adviser was a bit perplexed, especially because shifting this time around is not as bad (yet) as the first time.
Of note, he said there's yet another revision (I guess G?) that's more heavy duty and unlike the prior versions.
He said it's about a month old, so I suppose fortuitous timing on my part.
Appointment is in the next couple weeks as they're squeezing me in early. I have to get my own rental for two days, though.
I'm looking forward to the G revision. Service adviser said that it looks significantly better.
But then again, we also said that the F revision fixed all the problems, so who knows how G will do.
I will report back in a couple weeks once I have the G revision installed.
The new clutch designs are evidently a different design as their part numbers are different from the prior series (BV6Z-7B546-F).
New Focus part number: F1FZ-7B546-B
New Fiesta part number: FA6Z-7B546-A
My hypothesis is that these are the clutches installed on the 2016 model year vehicles as Ford's internal sales literature for the Powershift transmission claims that, "Changes to the clutch material for better performance across temperature ranges (new for 2016)."
They also appear to be more expensive than the prior replacement clutch as the list price is about $65 more than the BV6Z-7B546-F part number that has been the standard replacement since 2014Q3 or so. Wonder why it took so long to get the new parts released to the owners of the prior model years since the 2016's have been around for a year? [?|]