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Clutch problem - battel to get gear lever in to gear

Hi I had my Ford Fiesta 1.4 2004 model serviced in December 2008 at a ford dealer. I was then told that the Clutch and Pressure plate needs to be replaced and that is would cost R4000.00.

Now I might just be a single Female but really not to be abrupt. It seems like life just works like this- when a machanic sees a female walk in with a car problem then the 1st impression that comes to my mind is- he thinks R in actual fact just a rip off because us females don't seem to know what is potting with cars. Well unfortunately I am one of those females that know how us females are ripped off and fortubatley i know quite a bit about cars and problems when problems arise.

Just to clarify the rip off side. I then never had my clutch and pressure plate replaced because I knew that it did not need replacing. I knew that there was another porblem, because why was it only when my car was cold that the gears would not go in to gear, and once the car was warm I could quite comfortable get it into gear and that was no problem.

I now have been back to the Dealer this morning and now they admit that it is not my clutch and pressure plate that needs replacing. So I sugessted that they please just blead the clutch system. I supplied a bottle of clutch fluid and they beld the clutch system. But as my luck would strike it. Now they say it is my Clutch Master sylinder. Ok I know I am a fe-male.

But is it the Clutch Master sylinder? They say there are no leaks on the sylinders and once they blead the clutch it comes up but then goes down again.

Please could somebody please help and tell me it is nt eClutch Master Sylinder that needs replacing or is it just tricky to blead the system?

No offence to machanics as I know there are brilliant men out there that really know what they are talking about and don't rip fe-males off for all kinds of unnecessary costs.

Awiating your reply
Cindy

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  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2009

    I have a Ford Fiesta car. Since yesterday morning I found it very hard to push the gear handle into any gears. The reverse, the first and the third gears are worse than the others. Also when using the first gear to start moving the car, it liked I was on a higher gear so the car jittering but using the second gear seemed more smoothly. When the gear handle was in the other gears except the first gear, I could drive the car as normal.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2009

    I have a Ford Fiesta car. Since yesterday morning I found it very hard to push the gear handle into any gears. The reverse, the first and the third gears are worse than the others. Also when using the first gear to start moving the car, it liked I was on a higher gear so the car jittering but using the second gear seemed more smoothly. When the gear handle was in the other gears except the first gear, I could drive the car as normal.

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If the clutch pedal makes a clicking sound before the pedal goes down onto the floorboards, check under the dash on the upper part of the clutch pedal and refit the slave cylinder actuator to the pin fitted to the pedal arm. Purchase a retainer washer from your nearest Ford dealer (very cheap) and fit it over the end of the protruding pin on the clutch pedal, this keeps the actuator shaft in position and your clutch problems are solved.

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Well cindy for what i read from your question it just sounds to me to be the slave cyl. or master cyl. i got to admit i don't know exzactly what your set up is, but most have a resavor under hood with a line running down to a slave cyl. witch in turn pushes clutch to disengage clutch, now that slave cyl. can bleed off with very little sign of leakage, and from my experance from other cars and trucks thats where the problem lies is in the slave cyl. or what you understand is master cyl.

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