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What is this noise? Sounds like the clutch. by sspeedstreet
Started on: 06-30-2013 07:32 PM
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Report this Post06-30-2013 07:32 PM Click Here to See the Profile for sspeedstreetClick Here to Email sspeedstreetSend a Private Message to sspeedstreetEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
3.4 DOHC, Getrag 5-speed, Spec II disc and pressure plate, Fidenza aluminum flywheel. It's hard to tell if it does it in gear, too much car, road and wind noise. It doesn't affect operation of the car. In fact I drove it 300 miles last weekend including some short periods of 90 + mph. No better or worse when I got home. It can't be good, whatever it is.



Any ideas?

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Report this Post06-30-2013 09:45 PM Click Here to See the Profile for sspeedstreetClick Here to Email sspeedstreetSend a Private Message to sspeedstreetEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Is this the dreaded Spec sprung hub problem?

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/A...090219-2-086132.html

Would that make all this noise?
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Just an observation, but it sure seems that Spec has way more problems with with what they sell than any other clutch people that are posted about here. If you look at pictures of their product you will also find identical pictures from other "makers" of clutches. I am kind of thinking they simply buy componetnts, mark them as their own, and sell them off at preium prices. I know no one wants to admit that they were taken or bought junk, but just look at the track record before you plunk down the big bucks to buy something probably from China. Don't flame me, just think about it for a minute and look at some of the pictures. Larry
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Report this Post07-01-2013 12:01 PM Click Here to See the Profile for sspeedstreetClick Here to Email sspeedstreetSend a Private Message to sspeedstreetEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I agree concerning the Spec problems. That's why I immediately thought of the clutch when I started focusing on the noise. The swap doesn't have many miles on it, maybe 1200 miles (over a two year period). When I Googled "Spec clutch noise" I got a lot of hits, but all seemed to be from 2005-2007. Maybe they cleaned up their act.

I've also been searching "Getrag rattle" and there's a lot of hits! People with every make of car have posted in forums about a rattling noise in neutral with the clutch engaged. One thing that makes it much worse is a lightweight flywheel and I have one.

I guess I'll just learn to live with it.

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If you've heard that noise from the start, its the Getrag rattle.

If you haven't, it's a loose flywheel....

I gave up on the Fidanzas after mine came loose 2 or 3 times. The aluminum cold flows creeps under the bolt heads and they come loose. If there was a steel spreader plate on there it might work.

[This message has been edited by Steven Snyder (edited 04-20-2015).]

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Originally posted by Steven Snyder:

If you've heard that noise from the start, its the Getrag rattle.

If you haven't, it's a loose flywheel....

I gave up on the Fidanzas after mine came loose 2 or 3 times. The aluminum cold flows under the bolt heads and they come loose. If there was a steel spreader plate on there it might work.


Ding, Ding, Ding. The man wins a cigar. That was the sound of a loose flywheel.

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OOps. wrong spot. ignore this.

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Originally posted by trotterlg:

Just an observation, but it sure seems that Spec has way more problems with with what they sell than any other clutch people that are posted about here. If you look at pictures of their product you will also find identical pictures from other "makers" of clutches. I am kind of thinking they simply buy componetnts, mark them as their own, and sell them off at preium prices. I know no one wants to admit that they were taken or bought junk, but just look at the track record before you plunk down the big bucks to buy something probably from China. Don't flame me, just think about it for a minute and look at some of the pictures. Larry


We've seen the Spec's rattle first hand. The quality of that clutch is inconsistent. They are assembled in the USA but almost certainly made from questionable Chinese components. When you are lucky and get a good one they tend to be very good but when you get a bad one they are very bad. Trouble is that you don't know what you will get with this brand.
Overall from what we've seen the Spec quality control is poor, their customer service sucks, their customer service rep is a snot nose arrogant finger pointing jerk and the product, is overpriced. The Spec problems are reported on many of the Mustang and Import forums as well, so this is not unique to Fieros.

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