Australian Ford Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Jase ELXR8 & Aussie Pete - T5 grating on reverse
We were all correct.
Rubber had pulled out of metal tube but was held by base pin. Don't know if this is normal in service.
Putting in other gear first cures one form of grating.
Alas, the real problem was discovered when, shortly after replacing rubber doover on clutch lever, a new problem arose with clutch pedal / pedal box, but I pressed on until the pedal fell off 20k later. Pedal box had broken where shaft is welded on and was flexing away, which is same effect as when firewall went on XF as each adjustment just increases the problem. Final straw was probably putting the new rubber doover on and getting rid of a bit of play in the old one.
So now I've got the dash out, which wouldn't be necessary if the three top bolts on bulkhead weren't covered by rigid air tube (like some other things in life, an extra inch could make all the difference), but it wasn't that bad a job. The worst part is those bloody electrical connectors that all have different ways of being released and involve unnessary frigging about to release. Remains to be seen how getting it back in goes.
Interesting that the firewall had gone and been repaired before I got it. Maybe has heavy duty clutch fitted, which is what I reckon did the XF firewall in, and maybe just poor engineering as well.