Hi. I'm the one who asked the question 'Clutch Not Working. Very Strange Circumstances' about 10 days ago. We pulled the transmission again and unbolted the pressure plate. The friction material on the flywheel side of the clutch plate was lying in shredds. The shreds, fibers, whatever they were were sticking out the side of the pressure plate and were all over - but most of the flywheel side of the clutch plate was bare metal. I think one rivit (sp?) Had some of the fibers attached.
What I didn't tell you before was that after the clutch was installed it was badly abused. The engine wasn't running right so I had to keep giving it gas to keep it running (my friend later found 2 hoses disconnected, so it was leaking vacume). Also, I later found that one of the rear wheel brakes was locked. The wheel would turn when driving, but you could not push the car or turn the wheel by hand - too much resistance. Both problems are now fixed, but when I first tested the new clutch I had to keep the RPMs up on the engine to keep it running, so I didn't let the clutch petal all the way up. Drove a total of about 1 city block. So the engine was pulling the back wheel with the locked brake while I was slipping the clutch because the engine was racing. BAD (yes, I could have kicked myself after - hard). BUT I still don't think it would be enough to totaly destroy the clutch plate. Besides, the clutch was still transmitting power and the friction material seems to have come apart when we tested it a 2nd time after the brake and engine problems were fixed.
The Focus has a stepped flywheel. I took the flywheel out to be turned when we did the first repair. We are trying to check that the step distance is correct, since of course if it is too deep that would be a problem. I have called both a local Ford dealer AND the place where I had the flywheel turned and neither place can tell me the correct step height (the machine shop has a book, but the man told me the info for my flywheel was not in the book - cause for concern!).
Do you know what the step height should be for the flywheel on a 2001 Ford Focus with the Zetec DOHC 2.0 engine with an MTX 75 manual transmission? Or do you know where I can find out?
Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 1:42 AM