Hi again - this is related to my other thread re the Beast breaking down....
When I took it back to the dyno guys to have them look at the flat spot/break down problem, they guys drove it and found the clutch was stuffed - slipping all over the place. I told them I had not noticed this myself but on thinking about it now, I reckon I might have (but put it down to my own bad driving) - and I had also been a bit kinder to it of late due to this flat spot thing....
Anyway, it has done just a tad under 14 000km, and it is pretty much cactus. It is OK just under normal driving conditions but its gonna need cash spent on it. Now, before you all ask, no, I don't do particularly stupid things with my clutch - I drive it hard, yeah, but no more than anyone else on this site (he he) but this is surely not hard enough to kill a clutch this quickly.
I might also add, I drove a Festiva before this, and hammered that too - sold it at 55 000km and never had a clutch problem.
My question is: should a clutch last more than 14 000km in these things with driving that would be considered in the normal range for these cars? And am I totally screwed when it comes to warranty since clutch plates are likely not to be a warranty item? I mean, I know that, but even so, I would have expected it to last longer than this and Ford should not be able to get out of that by saying it is not covered by warranty.....IMO.
Anyone else had their clutches go too early????
Oh, and NO, DONT EVEN SUGGEST GETTING AN AUTO - AINT GONNA HAPPEN!!!