ford escort van

Discussion in 'Car Repairs / Maintenance' started by radroller, 29 May 2011.

  1. radroller

    radroller

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    I have a 2001 1.8 Escort van and had a new clutch fitted a year ago, but after driving for about 40 minutes in heavy start stop traffic the clutch is very juddery in first gear only but once it has engaged its fine . But when i return to the van later in the day the first gear is fine , but if I drive to the same place say on the weekend with less traffic the problem does not happen . Any ideas ?
     
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  3. Peter.N.

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    Could be oil leaking onto the clutch plate, try slipping it gently for say 30 seconds that should burn it off.

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    A lot of old Escort vans are old post office stock, especially if they are red, but some white vans were also post office vans, these PO vans have been used on VERY short start stop journeys from door to door and as such they usually have low mileages, but have been well serviced. Unfortunately theres a down side to all this.....these vans usually suffer from 2 major problems early in their life...worn inner CV joints and glazed clutch friction plates and flywheels, both caused by excessive pulling away, and its these 2 probs that cause "Judder" on the diesel escort. I changed the clutch on my van and gave the flywheel a thorough scrubbing with emery cloth to remove the sheen from the flywheel, this solved the problem but after a few thousand miles the prob returned so in the end I should also have changed the flywheel. the inner CV joint wear shows up as "lurching" especially in 2nd gear when you pull away from traffic lights, you will also notice the gearstick rocking backwards and forwards in rythm to the lurching. Ford knew there was a judder prob on the Escort 1.8, and they fitted a special hydraulic engine mounting to help absorb the judder, its fitted to the front of the engine near the clutch housing, its rather large and black.
     
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