Originally Posted by hurk
I'm kinda confused about the time line. Not sure what good this will do...
So, the clutch was replaced at around 25k miles?
You say it didn't help, but then you say "Now at 44 000 miles I have the same problem and I now hear the same shadder at the end of engaging the third gear." Kinda confusing.
Does the vehicle shudder or are you hearing a chattering sound (shadder isn't a word).
Whichever it is, maybe someone else can shed some light on the subject.
Do you live in a hilly area? Are you proficient in the use of a manual transmission? At what rpms do you begin engaging the clutch to move the vehicle? At what speeds or engine rpms do you change gears? Just kinda wondering if you're wearing out the clutch.
I am sorry to have confused you and I apologise for abusing the English language (It is not my native language). The noise I hear is a hard sound, such as you would hear when you drop a heavy object to the ground. It is certainly not a chattering sound. Concerning the other confusion, I first discovered this problem during winter of 2008 (it was cold), in between we've had warm weather and the problem somehow disappeared. "Now at 44K" it is cold again, and the problem is back. I hope you understand now.
Regarding the proficiency of using a manual transmisson, I am sure I am, if 25 years of driving German manual transmission vehicles helps (... but those have cultured manual transmissions).
Putting that aside, I have been talking to Ford specialists who have ruled out the problem of the clutch and do not know what that can be. They suggested taking the whole transmisson apart to troubleshoot. Ofcourse at my expense since the vehicle is no longer on warranty. I have not decided yet.
Since I like this vehicle alot, I am planning on shipping it back home to Europe with me. My next question is, does anyone know how I can change the odometer units from miles to kilometers? The vehicle manual does not say how, but mentions both kilometers and miles. Is this possible?