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I think its time for a new clutch. It has started slipping on hills and hard right foot. I`m not up to the job as its engine/gearbox out I believe. I`m a tinkerer not a major mechanic. Obviously I need to keep costs down as much as possible so I will source the parts before handing it over to a garage. Does anybody know the size for this car. There are several variants. 1600 Pinto from a 1985 Sierra with 5 speed box. It is the long stroke engine. I only know this because only the longer cambelt cover fits it. The Haynes manual gives 190mm or 215mm (for later models). Does anybody know of a kit car friendly garage in West Sussex, near Arundel? I think my local will be up to it but there may be a lot of scratching of heads and talk of big bills! And I know this an impossible question but what sort of bill should I expect? I can see various kits on ebay at around £60 for friction, cover and bearing but how many hours in the hands of an expert? By the way I have ruled out a badly adjusted cable I think. With peddle against end stop I can pull the cable from the bulkhead about 10mm. I think this is right? All help appreciated! David
I have an MT75 gearbox and blacktop Zetec engine with the standard Ford clutch. The car has done 4000 miles since IVA I took it to Emerald last week in Norfolk to get the ECU firmware updated and to get it mapped on their rolling road. During the latter part of the mapping I was told that the clutch was slipping. I hadn't felt it on the drive over there (170mls) and didn't experience anything under normal road driving conditions on the way back. Since getting back I haven't driven again but I have checked that the clutch cable adjustment does not cause the clutch to be held engaged. In fact the cable has free movement to lift the pedal as far as the clutch release springs/fingers can move it. Has anyone experienced anything like this? Should the clutch wear to the extent of slipping in 4000 miles? Grateful of your collective experience - Scotland trip only a few weeks away