Originally Posted by R.S.LOGAN
Your brakes wont be affected , separate system from clutch hydraulics . Cyl could be drawing air . As already stated , could be the hydraulics or internal with clutch assembly on it's last legs . Check the DIY , if I remember correctly there used to be a walkthrough of djzx3 doing his clutch on a 2.3 Focus .Either that or get yourself a workshop manual , you'll need it if you decide to pull the box out yourself . Best of luck .
You are saying there are two separate internal systems, that both draw from the same reservoir (Super DOT4)? That is peculiar.
Thanks for the notice, regarding djzx3. I will possibly PM him when/if it comes to that. There's also this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eoUL347ce0
Here's a new update as of last night (~9 hours ago): On the way home, I was using the clutch pedal when I granny-shifted the gears.
You might ask why, but I figure: What can it possibly hurt? If it's not physically moving any parts: It can't possibly do any harm.
That's just it.. I was slowing down, pushed in the clutch, put it in neutral, then shifted when the light turned green (still in motion), put it back in 3rd gear, and as I released: I felt PRESSURE.
The clutch pedal felt VERY resistant (compared to how I'm used to it feeling now: It should be a 'normal' resistance).
I thought it was super peculiar. So I held the clutch pedal back in and hit the gas: The RPMs flung up.
I let it go while giving a little bit of gas: And the car pulled forward. The clutch was working! Yay! This all happened as I went over a bump on the road.
I stopped at a red light. Trying my faith: I used the clutch pedal, and put it in 2nd gear. The engine didn't stall. It fell right in.
I put it in 1st gear: Nope, no damage done. I put it in 3rd, and it still worked fine. I let it go in neutral (taking my foot off the pedal).
I finally put it in first gear, with my foot down on the clutch pedal, as you normally would, and it fell in, but a split moment later: CLANG! The engine stalled.
Then the clutch pedal has 0 resistance. I kept pumping it, just curious. Then, I realized:
If I'm going like 30MPH+, and hit the brakes real hard, as I'm pushing down on the pedal (one motion): It generates resistance, and the clutch pedal works momentarily.
I am able to shift gears a few times. Then the resistance goes away, and the clutch pedal quits working as fast as it started again.
There was at one point that I got it to "work" again using that trick, and after I was able to successfully shift six, seven times going down the road, I decided to test it:
I put it in 3rd gear, doing ~25MPH, and held the clutch pedal in, and gave it gas. I felt a thud, thud, thud, on the clutch.
It's like the clutch was hit and miss grabbing it (when it should have NOT been touching). Then the resistance went away real fast and the car took off.
Is it possible that the transmission's shift linkage is to blame? If I'm not mistaken: That is one of the more common problems with the MTX-75 / Ford Focus 5-speed manual transmissions from 2000-2002.
I have yet to go outside and look at the vehicle. I just woke up from a ~12 hour shift at work.
I am also leaving soon for another 10 hour shift at work. I also have much school work for college to catch up on (about eight chapters in auto-mechanics).
Thanks for all the help as usual. Wouldn't be driving today without the great advice.