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I have a friend who has a 2007 . He told me a couple of weeks back that his clutch is slipping . Car has approx 20,000 miles . Is there a " Call back " on these cars regarding the clutch . How should he go about approaching the dealer with this issue . Thanks for any help .
I have an 07 with 15,000 miles on it that I took in for the same issues back in May. I purchased it in 2008 with 3,000 miles on it. The factory warranty started in 2006 with the first owner. The dealer initially told me they would not cover the clutch. I made a big stink and they sent me in to talk to the general manager. He also told me to pound sand. I called Ford, Shelby and then Ford again and they all turned me away. Then on May 23rd the assistant general manager called me and said to bring it in for the t.s.b.

I wish there was more I could offer you more info as what to say, but it all depends on the dealer and what they are willing or not willing to do. I would tell your friend to take a copy the t.s.b. and raise hell. There is no reason why it should not be repaired under warranty. Oh by the way, I just picked mine up today. The clutches have been on nation back order, so it sat until Friday of last week. I must say the difference is amazing. No effort at all to depress the pedal and shifts smooth. I


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If Ford only issued a tsb and not a recall for this problem does that mean that some cars will never experience these issues? Or will all cars in the build date range eventually have problems associated with this?

Curious, if it does effect all cars, why didn't they do a recall to properly repair this design flaw.

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If Ford only issued a tsb and not a recall for this problem does that mean that some cars will never experience these issues? Or will all cars in the build date range eventually have problems associated with this?

Curious, if it does effect all cars, why didn't they do a recall to properly repair this design flaw.

My guess from reading on a few of these forums is, and by far I am no expert, if Ford issued a recall for this issue, they are obligated to repair all Shelbys with these problems even if there out of warranty. If its just a tsb, they are not required to repair all of them. From what I have read is, the 2007 Shelby's up to a certain month in the build date will have this issue at some point. Some of the early models are garage queens and will not be driven as much or as hard where it will cause the fly wheel to warp and show signs of slipping. Check out GT500Girl's posts and threads on the clutch problems, they date back to 2007 when all of these problems surfaced. She and her husband have multiple Shelby's and have have a lot of knowledge about the clutch problems. Hope this helps!

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I had the work done in November 2009. The dealer refused to honor the TSB until they had it apart. After it was apart and they said it wasn't covered and they charged me for the inspection. Once the work was done I had to pay over $3,200 for the fixed clutch.

The SVT engineer I spoke with said it wasn't abusing the clutches that damaged them, it was regular driving that causes them to overheat.

I won't EVER buy another extended warranty from Ford, if they won't fix obvious engineering problems. My vehicle was under original warranty at the time.

The first time I spoke with the national Ford warranty center, the representative led me to believe an accomodation would be made. But first, I had to have a dealer check it out.

My advice, if you have the clutch problem go to an independent repair shop and have a BETTER after-market clutch put in. The Shelby mod shop in Dallas said there are numerous after-market clutches that will work better.
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email me at kglisenby @yahoo .com me with your name and # on any gt500 clutch problems add name and#add milage it went out at.
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I was in the dealership a few weeks ago and I was told Ford figured out why the GT500 is having all it's clutch problems. The tech told me Ford placed the regular GT clutch parts in the GT500 which they now realize were too small for the horsepower. I'm picking up my car today with a brand new clutch at no charge. I believe it's a waranty repair.
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I had my clutch replace 6 months ago and the dealer of my said it was cover under Ford . Thy install a new 2010 GT500 unit. It was about $ 2400 total and Ford pick it up. Some dealers just don't want to replace it before it goes out. Miles on the clutch going out is between 25 to 25,000 miles. Ford just didn't install right in the first place.
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I have a 2008 GT 500, 550 rwh What is the best clutch to use. good drivabilty but will hold up on burnouts and linelock. This is my 3rd one.
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My clutch went out at 37000 and I got stuck with a 2200 bill for this. I have the ESP plan. They said the TSB had been performed earlier but I still think its B/S

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My clutch went out at 37000 and I got stuck with a 2200 bill for this. I have the ESP plan. They said the TSB had been performed earlier but I still think its B/S
Hopefully this will clear up some misunderstandings. 2007 through 2009 used basically the same type clutch material (ceramic). The TSB that came out in late 2007 was for a potentially warping flywheels due to heat build up. They changed the flywheel design and metalergy. This TSB was altered slight over the model years leading up to 2010. If you had the TSB done, then you got the up-dated flywheel and a up-dated input shaft from the transmission, but many owners complained about the shudder felt when taking off in first gear. This shudder is normal for the 2007 through 2009 cars with or without the TSB being done. Its the nature of the clutch material used. Now... In the 2010, Ford changed the whole clutch system in the car and there is no more first gear take-off shudder, and the clutch feel and pedal pressure is greatly improved. I understand that it is now Ford's policy that if a TSB is done on a 2007 through 2009, they will use the system from the 2010/2011 clutch. As far as getting clutches replaced on 2007 thru 2009 MY's ( under the TSB) that are out of warranty as most have said, its a dealer call and some will do it and some won't. I had an 07 and had the TSB done before I had any failure but I still had the ocassional first gear take-off shudder that plagued all the 2007 thru 2009 old style clutch material systems (ceramic vs. organic). My 2011 clutch has no shudder, is smooth and perfect. Hope this helps you all.
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I had the same issue with my GT500 vert. Took it to the Ford Dealer where I bought it used with 6k miles on her, after 14K miles the clutch chattered (still worked just noisy) After reading GT500girl's post, I mentioned the STB's which they said they were aware of and replaced my clutch, flywheel, slave cylinder, 2nd syncromesh gear and new fluids all under warranty. Thanks GT500girl and every one else who put post on this site... It saved me 5,567.00 buck :kooky:
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2007 Shelby GT500 Clutch Failure

I have 13,120 miles on my Shelby. I have driven stick shift cars for over 40 years. I can not believe this clutch failed after 13,000 miles. Is Ford standing behind this problem?
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i had my clutch go out at 28000 miles. flywheel too. $3100. to repair. Whined to ford to no avail. Guess my next truck will be a toyota. Love the car though. Never got on it from a standstill. Tickled it a little in 2nd. been driving manuels since 16, now 53. Never an issue till this one.
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Mine is in the shop now getting it done.Ford is taking care of it.Mine is not the first one they have done.( car has 12,800 miles,build date 10/08).Tsb is in 4th revision,10-3-8(going back to Feb,2010).Hopefully will get it back this week.

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