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Got a heavy clutch, was told this may be a sign that clutch going. I had cam belt changed the other day, was complete nightmare as the garage that did it apparently never did the pulleys up so driving… Read More
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8y, 22h agoPosted 8 years, 22 hours ago
Got a heavy clutch, was told this may be a sign that clutch going. I had cam belt changed the other day, was complete nightmare as the garage that did it apparently never did the pulleys up so driving along the motorway yesterday and it was making a LOUD clicking noise. Is sorted now,but no longer trust garages (also they damaged my paintwork on my car). So my friend said that is the clutch goes (he says its heavy so could be a sign its going) but he said he cant do it if you have to drop the subframe. I have NO idea what that means, so does anyone know if on a focus 1.6 ghia 2003 reg you need to dop the subframe? I dont trust garages anymore because of what happenned!
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8y, 22h agoPosted 8 years, 22 hours ago
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How many miles has the car got on it? How do you define heavy?

Edit: I believe it is 60k isn't it. I would suggest you don't have a problem but just perceive it to be heavy. Clutches can be heavy and it not be a problem. Can you put up with it? Most garages will happily replace a clutch for you and you will probably find it easier to use, but that doesn't mean it ever needed replacing.
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pghstochaj
How many miles has the car got on it? How do you define heavy?


Thanks for the reply. Well its got a high biting point, I think its ok but my friend who drives a ford escort van says his clutch is a lot ligher (and his van is 11 years old). I do struggle with the high biting point a little but getting there with it!!! Car done 59k! I would not want a garage to go near my car after last weeks experience, a friend who used to do mechanics for people part time says if it does need doing he can do it but only if he does not need to drop the subframe?
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bargainhunter2009
Well its got a high biting point, I think its ok but my friend who drives a ford escort van says his clutch is a lot ligher (and his van is 11 years old). I do struggle with the high biting point a little but getting there with it!!! Car done 59k!


All cars are different, so don't worry about such a comparison. When my elder sister had a Fiesta a few years ago as her first car, the biting point seemed to be very high - the car is still happily running around on the same clutch. Usually clutch failure is a little more obvious, i.e. you accelerate and your RPM increases but not your speed ("clutch slip") or you can't disengage or engage a gear properly. If is just "hard" I would suggest you just should live with it until another sympton shows (it might tomorrow, it might not for another 60 k miles+). A new clutch tends to be much softer, but as above, it doesn't mean it needs replacing.
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I did a quick google (I have never owned a Focus) and it seems some people suggest you do need to, others not, but the Focus is a very typical car, any mechanic will be happy to to the replacement for you - so do some calling around to get yourself an idea first, or simply get a Haynes manual and read through the instructions (or wait until somebody has experience with the Focus on here of course!). However, I still do not think it sounds like you need one :)
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Thanks so much pghstochaj! Your a great help - I will just see how it goes!
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bargainhunter2009
Thanks so much pghstochaj! Your a great help - I will just see how it goes!


Just blame me if it all goes wrong 200 miles from home ;):)

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