A Ford's flywheel absorbs extraneous energy coming from the engine and also averages out energy from the transmission. Fords can experience problems with their flywheel, especially when they become loose or if the springs wear out.
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Dual Mass Flywheels
Most Fords come equipped with a dual mass flywheel. These can experience more wear than a solid flywheel. When the clutch on a Ford starts to experience wear, the flywheel experiences the same wear. So, when a clutch is being replaced, it is safe to assume the flywheel needs to be replaced as well. A replacement Ford dual mass flywheel runs about £650 (as of February 2011).
Failure to Start
If the flywheel is loose on the crankshaft, the car will not start. When the ignition is turned, you will hear an abrasive grinding noise. Because the flywheel is loose, the starter motor only touches part of the flywheel gears or does not grab it at all.
On Fords with manual transmissions, the flywheel is part of the clutch system. When the springs on a flywheel become loose, the clutch will make a grinding noise when held in a neutral position. If not fixed right away, the loose flywheel can cause the internal gears of the clutch to wear out.
Take the car to a mechanic right away if a grinding noise is heard during shifting.
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