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Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: United Kingdom
Occasional severe clutch judder 156 TS '05 1.8
I'm new here, probably because my Veloce has never given me any grief! Before. Now I need advice for a puzzling 'here today gone tomorrow' fault. Thank you for your time - all comments welcome.
Some days - maybe one in ten - the Alfa bucks like a kangaroo (ok that's an exag.) when taking off in 1st or reverse. Makes me look like a first-time learner driver, v. uncomfortable, not 'slight'. No amount of pedal finessing will result in a smooth take-off. All you can do is over-rev and slip the clutch - a lot. Fun, but a bit hairy when tight-spot parking!
My question is this: the forum posts on this subject are rare, but it seems clutch judder on a newish car with only 15k on the clock, is not going to be wear-related. Some posters reckon that oil leaking onto the clutch plates might cause this fault, some that a misalignment with the flywheel might be to blame. In either case, how come the next day all is well, with my Alfa back to normal smooth take-up like nothing ever happened.
The Alfa's still in warranty, but the problem never crops up when I'm near the Dealership, and if it did, I'll bet the response would be "wait and see if it gets any worse". They are certainly not going to start ripping out the clutch assembly as a favour to my peace of mind. I'd have thought.
I suppose my point, needing more brain-power than I possess, is this. What could possibly be causing this problem? I mean thinking in purely mechanical terms, if something is oil-contaminated it stays oily; loose, it stays loose, mis-aligned it stays mis-aligned.
What say, guys?
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