Join Date: Sep 2010
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From my knowledge as purchasing manager (retired, yippee) of a motor factor we used to sell a solid flywheel and clutch system in place of a DMF version and had nothing but problems with them. Customers wanted them because it was CHEAP, but then found that cheap meant paying twice.
The DMF is fitted to most, if not all, Diesel engined cars and light commercials to absorb the power impulses before they reach the gearbox and drive train and otherwise wreck them. Guess what, with a solid clutch people get drive train problems.
One of the biggest problems for us, MH users, is that what we drive is generally at the maximum weight permitted of the cab unit. We tend to be 3.5 tonnes and that is it, we don't do lightweight. The poor old clutch, and engine, and brakes, and suspension etc. etc. are all under tremendous loads ALL of the time. What goes first? Clutch.
As said above, it is good to find a repairer with some sense. As for an unavailable DMF at the time, isggest it was an unscrupulous repairer as ford transits are the most commonly n of the white van brigade out there and parts are a plenty.