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Hey guys.. My scort has a bit off a problem. It seemed to start all of a sudden. I could barely get out of my driveway today, because the transmission can´t seem to keep up with the engine. It seems like it can´t keep up with the revs. This made it near impossible to move in reverse and to get the car to go above 30 mph forwards. The car has gotten stuck in the snow about 3 or 4 times this winter, so it has been revved high alot. In fact it got stuck last night and I had to have my dad help me out with his Cherokee. Does anyone think they know if it is the transmission or the clutch, or anything else? The engine has been rather loud, and knocking lately as well. (It seems like this might be the end of my scort.) Id appreciate any insight one might have.

Thanks again, Dylan.
 

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Well if it was the clutch gone completely bad it wouldn´t move at all, of course I can say the same for the Transmission. if it started happening "all of a sudden" then it MIGHT be the clutch...mine just blew one night on my way home from work, freaked me out...what it feels like is really shotty engagement and it wouldn´t let me rev very high. (because what was left of the clutch was slipping over the surface of the flywheel with very little contact) I´m surprised I got the car home that night. before you rip the transmission apart, take the "cheaper route" and have the clutch checked. (expensive, mine cost 600) if that isn´t it, try the throw out bearings (the thing that engages/disengages the clutch to the flywheel) (more expensive) and then try the transmission. (more very expensive...yeah).
As far as it knocking, the quickest way to fix that is to adjust the timing by way of the timing belt...which could be slipping? have you checked that??
 

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Sounds to me like the clutch or throwout bearing shit the bed. Revving high will heat up the engine, and a hot engine will cause gasoline to detonate, but it´s also quite possible that the timing slipped ahead if the timing belt tensioner wiggled loose after all the revving. You can try running higher octane and seeing how that goes, but if the problem is your timing, higher octane won´t really help you much.

Can you describe the noises your engine is making? Where is the noise coming from?

On second thought, the reason why you are detonating is almost certainly because of bad timing. I see you´re from upstate NY (I live in potsdam), and the weather certainly isn´t warm enough right now for heat-induced detonation. Timing probably went.
 

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Yeah.. I replaced the timing belt this summer when I replaced the water pump so I dont think it is the timing. I guess this is the end of my scort. I need to get something reliable to get me through the last 2 years of college so I will probably buy a newer Ford. The noise coming from under the hood sounds like "Pooft-Pooft-Pooft". I have had an aftermarket filter on my car for probably about 10 months now, and it has never made this noise. Thanks for the help guys.

-Dylan
 

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Dude. Don´t trash the scort. Describe better what it is. If it get´s worse in higher gears and you can see (hear) the revs going up and then slowly slowing down as it engages it´s the clutch. It doesn´t sound like anything with the tranny and I know it´s not the throw out bearing. I have experience with these things and if the throw out bearing was bad the clutch would not be disengaging. You´re problem is the engaging. If it was the throw out bearing you´d hear really bad grinding every time you stepped on the clutch. Try the clutch plate. Can´t really get it checked without paying the entire ammount of money. There´s no peek hole in our tranny´s they have to tear the whole thing out to check the clutch. Good luck
 
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