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Ford Focus clutch issues

Asked by Arlen Gmelig, e-mail.

When my 2003 Ford Focus ST170 began running weirdly recently I assumed it needed a new clutch, but as I was going to service it soon I figured I could hold it off until then. But when I went to check the oil dipstick, there was only a smidgen on the tip, so I quickly bought some more oil and topped it up. It had been serviced by Ford around the start of the year, should I take it back and complain about it? And do you think this could've caused any internal damage?

Answered by CarsGuide

11 Aug 2011 Graham Smith

I'm not sure what you would complain about, unless you're concerned that the dealer might not have changed the oil at the service, or hadn't refilled it after draining it, but if that were the case the engine would have stopped a long time ago. If it has been running without oil, or with too little oil, it would cause severe internal damage, and do it very quickly, but if that was the case you should had warning that the oil level was too low. What you should do is have it checked. Engines lose oil through burning in the engine or by leakage, and you need to find out which it is in your case.

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