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    Clutch issues - Severe judder

    Hello all, wondering if anyone has experienced something similar, and how they went about warranty.
    2016 Micra SR 5 speed, 9200 kms. Occasionally I experience some pretty significant clutch judder/shaking when taking off from a stop. Its different than what you'd get if you let off the clutch to quick, more like its slipping and grabbing, repeatedly. Its not all the time, and on flat ground with no load I can usually avoid it. But if I need to use some finesse, like on a hill/loaded etc, I almost have to ride out the clutch a bit to avoid it.
    The car was a customer service loaner/demo, and had 2500 kms when I purchased it. Of the ~7000 kms I put on, at least 5000 of those are strictly highway in 5th gear. I have 180 000 on a 5 speed Ford with no issues, and learnt to drive on a stick. I do not believe my driving habits could possibly cause the clutch to be worn, and certainly not in such a short time.

    Do I wait until it becomes more and more frequent before taking it in? Do I take it in and risk paying for an inspection to be told there's nothing wrong with it, or worse be told its a wear item?
    Anyone have a similar issue?



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    I suspect this will be a discretionary warranty situation (being on a "wear item").

    The car was a customer service loaner/demo, and had 2500 kms when I purchased it.
    I bet that's the root of the problem, being driven from new by people who weren't good at / didn't care about using a clutch properly.

    But I'd bring it in anyway: worst case scenario, you have officially documented the problem, so if it turns out not to be a wear problem, you have started a paper trail.

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    There is a spring in the clutch, not only the marcelle spring to allow the clutch to engage/disengae but also springs to reduce driveline shock, so they would oscillate I find the stock clutch quite rubbery and it "seems" to me the engine mounts are very rubbery, or the clutch springs (for driveline shock) are very rubbery also .

    its no sports car, i realize that and its not terrible, but what you experience might be "normal" because would say i get about the same thing....had the car since new.

    what i get is one tire jumping around it "seems" like when i accelerate, there is a big racket. i try and avoid it , its not good for the car
    Last edited by MrMicra2015; 10-17-2017 at 11:55 PM.
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    Just FYI... I've driven 4 different manual Micras, and haven't experienced any clutch judder.

    I tend to be very gentle on a clutch though - like 81mc's "flat ground with no load" description.

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    Bring the car in as soon as possible. The clutch is a wear item....the longer you wait the longer a defect might not be covered. And I've seen people who have "driven manual all their life" burn a clutch in under 10k.

    It sounds to me like you might either have a worn/abused clutch, bad clutch assembly/springs or a contaminated plate and flywheel such as a small oil leak or so.
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    Any update on this, 81MC?


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