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It is almost bizarre how many clutch problems come up with our SVTs...all sorts, and so many ! Not only the original clutch, but factory replacements and after markets . Its like hit or miss . A car with 140-150 wheel hp should be no challenge for any clutch. With that said ,and having owned 4 other cars with relatively trouble free clutches, I have to ask WHY? ....basic design problem, poor component selection....incorrect installation. ?? I would love if someone could shed some light on this pervasive problem

PS. My question excludes FI...that I can understand.
 

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clutch reliability question again

It is almost bizarre how many clutch problems come up with our SVTs...all sorts, and so many ! Not only the original clutch, but factory replacements and after markets . Its like hit or miss . A car with 140-150 wheel hp should be no challenge for any clutch. With that said ,and having owned 4 other cars with relatively trouble free clutches, I have to ask WHY? ....basic design problem, poor component selection....incorrect installation. ?? I would love if someone could shed some light on this pervasive problem

PS. My question excludes FI...that I can understand.
Between both the SVT owners lounge and the Performance Forms a huge amount of time is spent on clutches. I got no response the first time ..I want to ask this question again WHY?
 

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Probably not the response you are looking for, but I have 101,000 miles on my '04 SVT and haven't had a lick of clutch problems, not even a leaky slave cylinder.
 

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^thats sweet.. and the question that you ask is a pretty hard one..

The last year i had a problem with my clutch, and we had a discusion with SPEC.
My dad used to work at ford when the early escort models and the zx2 were being made, he quit but his comrades didnt, they worked with the zx3 including svts. One of they mentioned that the clutch in the svt is very delicate, when shifting you gotta do it fast, you should not leave the foot in the pedal like in other cars. he said some performance thing but i didnt understand well..

so from what i have heard from ford techs at the local assembly plant is that the people keep pressed the clutch for long time maybe?.. thats what they said, so imagine that you rev and drop the clutch, that is pure abuse
 

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My only clutch trouble not caused by me was a leaking master cylinder.
 

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the TSB on the SVT clutches was due to the pressure plate failing, not the clutch. That is why so many stock SVTs had the clutch problem. As for the aftermarket ones, I know the clutches are VERY hard to install correctly and most mechanics tend to screw them up...
 

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my '02 focus is at 103k miles on the original clutch. When I bought it around 95k miles the owner said he didn't baby it but he didn't beat the tar out of it either. Since I've owned it, I have done quite a few heavy launches (read: 5000+ rpms) and it still works wonderful for the most part. I just cant drop it anymore from that high because it wont let go.
 

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thats a really really high rpm to dump on at one time
 
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