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post #1 of 8 Old 06-02-2010, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone!

The cmax I have is a 58 plate titanium 1800 tdci, it's lovely!

I've just started to tow a caravan (which I have checked is in tow weight limit), but when I try to park the caravan there is a nasty clutch smell and I had smoke come from the front left hand side.

Ford have said that the clutch isn't covered in the warranty.

Someone has told me that the dual fly clutch isn't really upto heavier work has anyone had any similar problems, and was there a remedy?

Also the same 'someone' said that a non genuine conversion kit exsists to fit with a standard clutch to get rid of the dual flywheelshould I need to replace it.

Thank you in advance you c-max owners
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-02-2010, 02:49 AM
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Someone has told me that the dual fly clutch isn't really upto heavier work has anyone had any similar problems, and was there a remedy?


Thank you in advance you c-max owners


Sell the caravan and buy a motorhome

Seriously I know that BMW z3 owners can get a normal flywheel to replace the dual mass effort and no doubt someone will do the same for the Cmax.
I am surprised you are smoking the clutch though.
Are you putting on too many revs when slipping it perhaps?

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Hi everyone!

Someone has told me that the dual fly clutch isn't really upto heavier work has anyone had any similar problems, and was there a remedy?


Thank you in advance you c-max owners


Sell the caravan and buy a motorhome

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Someone has told me that the dual fly clutch isn't really upto heavier work has anyone had any similar problems, and was there a remedy?


Thank you in advance you c-max owners


Sell the caravan and buy a motorhome
Sorry, Was meant to post sarcky comment about pitching up then having to fart about and move away from your set up pitch etc....But its lost now

I believe there are Solid Flywheels about, DMF are there to eliminate in gear chatter and smoother running etc... A Solid Flywheel is exactly that, solid. A DMF is like a Mass damper which absorbs the "Chatter" from a Diesel ( and some Petrol ) Engines. A Solid Flywheel should be mated to a Clutch which has the 4 or 6 springs in it, these absorb the vibrations.

Not worth worrying about until the Clutch slips or fails, maybe try fewer RPM ( easier siad with the 1.8 I know! )

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"Ford have said that the clutch isn't covered in the warranty."

Since when?

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Yeah I found the clutch not up to much in the winter weather on my 1.6TDCI, seemed to have a burning smell on a couple of occassions.

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"Ford have said that the clutch isn't covered in the warranty."

Since when?

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Or have they said it is not covered if theeare signs that it has been slipped excessively and worn out ?

Our06 Fiesta 1.4TDCimy wife tried to park betrween two cars on Gumstool Hill in Tetbury.
It is about one in four and is where they hold thre annual woolsack races because it is so steep.
She made the clutch smoke and smell and thereafter occassionally it would make a squeal when being engaged under load
It did last another 30,000 miles until the car was sold however

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DMFs are known to be a problem when reversing caravans on anything but a level surface.
I bought a mover for my caravan to avoid the problem. It also avoids the problem of making a fool of myself when trying to reverse onto a pitch with an audience looking on [img]smileys/smiley1.gif[/img]

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