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Old 04-03-2002, 19:04   #1 (permalink)
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clutch pulling down firewall

hey all

my clutch has weakened my firewall, and the cable is pulling straight through it (ie it is basically tearing the firewall apart)


has this happened to anyone else before...how much does it cost to fix?

thanks,

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Old 04-03-2002, 21:35   #2 (permalink)
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Re: clutch pulling down firewall

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hey all

my clutch has weakened my firewall, and the cable is pulling straight through it (ie it is basically tearing the firewall apart)


has this happened to anyone else before...how much does it cost to fix?

thanks,

Brendan.
Yep, pretty common, Hypo has just had his fixed, got it welded for free as its only a quick job. Just have to pull back any flammable crap in the footwell, the drape a wet rag around the area, the welder can do his bit from the engine side.

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Old 04-03-2002, 21:47   #3 (permalink)
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As Kieron said, very common problem.

For $150, a local panel beater welded a thicker steel plate on the engine bay side, and put another plate on the drivers side of the firewall, and fabricated a new threaded hole for the cable. After finishing the job, he said I was very lucky he quoted only $150, but the job was well done and it will never ever move again.
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Old 04-03-2002, 22:13   #4 (permalink)
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hey venom,

with the plate on the inside of the car, does the dash require removal or can they work around it?


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Old 04-03-2002, 22:29   #5 (permalink)
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One of the Ford dealers in Canberra sell a re-enforcment plate for the firewall, I think its only like $15 or something. I dont think all dealers sell them, but this was about 2 years ago though.

I helped fit one on the engine bay side on a EA, I was the poor sap that had to sit in the car with a wet towel to make sure no sparks ignited the carpet.

Dash didnt have to come out.


On my car it looks like the previous owner just welded the cracks up, so im guessing ill have to put a plate in there also eventually.
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Man thats gotta BITE!!!!!......... Better i go check mine out.. Whilst we are on the subject of clutches.. Wait until the clutch pedal pivot cracks & nearly breaks away.... Definately no fun at all.
I hope it turned out to be an easy fix mate..
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Old 04-06-2002, 18:53   #7 (permalink)
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Whilst we are on the subject of clutches.. Wait until the clutch pedal pivot cracks & nearly breaks away.... Definately no fun at all.
This happend to my EF XR6 the other week, got a guy to drill 4 holes and had it bolted together with 4 nut/bolts - won't fall off now and much cheaper than a new pedal box ($135 for EF) or a weld which requires the dash off!!

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Old 04-07-2002, 00:44   #8 (permalink)
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thanks for the help guys...i'm taking it to my mechnic tomorrow...hes gonna do a bolt and weld job. he said it shouldn't be more than a $100 or so to do....
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Re: clutch pulling down firewall

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hey all

my clutch has weakened my firewall, and the cable is pulling straight through it (ie it is basically tearing the firewall apart)


has this happened to anyone else before...how much does it cost to fix?

thanks,

Brendan.
Well this has happened on my 1999 XR6 VCT !

You would have thought that Ford could have rectified this problem which appears to be happening consistently on Falcons from XD to AU....

I've been quoted around $1000 for the repair at a Ford dealership.

At least I know why the clutch has been so heavy, and why I have snapped two clutch cables in six months, and why I have been hearing increasing amounts (only slight) of engine noise through the firewall.

Although I have been to the dealership to ask them about the heavy clutch & firewall niose on seperate occasions, they did not diagnose any problems, and said that it was normal.

I am not happy!
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hmm.. i have a custom 11" plate in my ED... better check it out... :p
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