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#1 16-03-06 13:32:09

Stan
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New Clutch

Hi , I've got a Ford Focus, just over one year old ,needs a new clutch and Ford are saying that they won't cover it as I'm a Driving Instructor.They knew this when they sold me the car and I don't remember it ever being mentioned.Still got to get the paperwork out and check the fine print and I realise it's probably there and I stupidly never thought of it.Just wondered it anyone else had come up against this with Ford .Thanks ,Stan

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#2 16-03-06 13:41:48

pj
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Re: New Clutch

yes i had to have a clutch replaced on my fiesta when i was new adi, since learnt not to let the little darlings burn the clutch out, the clutch doesn't come under the warranty unfortunately, although on another fiesta the clutch master cyclinder went and that was covered.


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#3 16-03-06 17:40:30

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Re: New Clutch

Hi Stan,
Was the clutch worn out due to wear and tear, or did the clutch fail due to a manufacturing fault?

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#4 16-03-06 18:13:30

spudulike
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Re: New Clutch

Hi,

Used to be Warranty Manager for DAF Trucks,  you will not get a manufacturer to pay for a clutch after 1 year, if there was a manufacturing defect it would have failed well before now. 
We used to have people destroying clutches after 2000km.  It is down to the way the vehicle is driven, in our game that means, riding clutches and holding biting points, all of which will prematurely wear the clutch.

Get your cheque book out!!!

Spud

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#5 16-03-06 19:46:21

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Re: New Clutch

Hi
I had one fail at about 1200 mls once, it turned out there was rust on the spigot shaft and it wore out one side of the spinner because it couldn't float freely, between the flywheel and the pressure plate, when the clutch pedal was down.
Talking to the mechanic we reckoned it was a strike bound car ie. the fitter had removed the protective wax from the spigot ready for assembly and then someone had blown the "everybody out whistle".

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#6 16-03-06 21:28:40

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Re: New Clutch

Pegasus

When the denedium coated spigot-roundel demesifates with the inertia valve, have you ever noticed how the counter wheel renicates randomly with the miston cylinder.

I find it a bit worrying!!!

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#7 16-03-06 21:53:35

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Re: New Clutch

Got a 206 with 53000 on the original clutch, starting to wear a little.

Why not try a different make for your next training car?


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#8 16-03-06 22:13:58

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Re: New Clutch

Hi stan, just a thought, it might be worth checking that the dual pedals are not "riding the clutch and causing slippage, i have had some dodgey fitting jobs done in the past. Early ford KA's where getting through clutches by 12000 miles and some local Instructors where getting replacement for free after a bit of persistence.

Cheers tony


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#9 17-03-06 06:43:28

Horizon
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Re: New Clutch

........53000 on the original clutch........................

Can't say as I think thats unusual.  My last 2 were at nearly 90,000 before it started to go.  However, must say that my present Corsa had to eb done at 55,000

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#10 17-03-06 11:40:40

Stan
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Re: New Clutch

Thanks for the replies ..got the cheque book out as we speak.Stan

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#11 11-04-06 20:27:58

Doc
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Re: New Clutch

If you are replacing the clutch on the corsa tell whoever is doing it that you want a brand new clutch as Vauxhall use a lot of re-manufactured clutches which won't last as long and only cost £20 more. You may also have to have the slave cylinder replaced at the same time or you might find yourself back in a gararge about a week later.

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#12 15-04-06 17:09:37

Russ
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Re: New Clutch

My clutch started to juddr slightly at xmas my local citroen specialist (garage not a dealer) replaced it in warrenty the car was 9 months old,22k on clock.

last week clutch started to judder in 1st, 2nd, 3rdgear if a slight increase in gas was applied. specialist took car in replaced again under warrenty done 5 k on 2nd. clutch is now better than when car was new.

Cant fault the service from my local specialist. they didn't even tell citroen it was a driving school car, which is hard to disgiuse due to graphics logo etc.

Just hope you can find a good natured garage.

Russ

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