Hi all,I want inputs regarding my Whitee Ford Fiesta,the clutch pedal has become hard, still on original clutch I am in a dilemma, should I change the clutch assembly or only a part of the clutch, kindly advise.
I am keeping the car and I don't want to change it. I want to enjoy the car ,since there is no alternative in its segment that too a diesel, thanks in advance
first, and easiest, thing to try is a clutch bleed. Lubricate all accessible pivot points pedal etc. If that does not help, it may be an issue with the clutch release mechanism, pressure plate etc. However, to check the release mechanism means opening the gearbox.
As you wish to keep the car. Considering the mileage/age and the typical life of a Fiesta clutch, just replace "everything" including the clutch slave and master cylinders.
The EcoBoost 1.0 is known to have clutch problems, particularly an increasing pedal stiffness over time. 100k to 160k Kms is considered to be the average service life for this clutch. At 110k Kms and nearly 8 years it is time to replace it anyway.
All depends on the driver, my Ford Focus 2004 1.8 turbo diesel estate has covered nearly 300k km on the original clutch, but I never slip the clutch. I pull away at tick over, the clutch is fully released within a few turns of the wheels, then go for the A pedal (except on steep slopes). I rev match gear changes, release the A pedal until the clutch is fully engaged and hit the A pedal. Always try to avoid putting power through a slipping clutch, that is the fastest way to wear everything out. You will also have a much smoother ride and all parts of the transmission will have a much longer life !!!
Just takes a bit of experience, patience and practice. I can make all gear changes, up and down without using the clutch, (except reverse !!!). But then I have been driving/riding for over 50 years, covering in excess of 2,500,000 Kms !!!! In all of that time I have never worn out the friction material of any clutch.