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Hey all,

I'd value your opinions regarding some clutch shudder.

Vehicle is a 307sw 2.0L HDi 90 - 2003.

So, I've had the car about a year - it had a slight shudder that I missed on test drive, and is more pronounced when the car is cold. The clutch improved through out the year I've been driving it, and the one mechanic that looked it over said "it's not too bad".

Anyway, I had MOT done recently, and it failed and had replaced the flexible exhaust hose that connects to the header. Following the replacement of this piece of exhaust the clutch shudder seems to have increased again. I can avoid it all together, but it takes a bit of "riding" to do it.

I asked the mechanic who replaced the pipe for me to have a look at the engine mounts and he said that they were a bit "soft" and might fix the clutch, but he wouldn't commit to saying they needed doing for sure, and that they were bad enough to definitely be causing the clutch shudder.

As far as the clutch goes generally, changes are smooth once I'm away, and there isn't any noticeable vibration through the pedal. It's just the shudder on take off and the engine seems to want to shake itself to bits when you turn it off.

So, I've read here on the forum that many have fitted the Powerflex Lower Engine mount, which has resulted in a more solid feel, and is a good upgrade. I've also read that the more solid bush has transferred some vibration through to the car at idle. That has me worried that if I was to get a powerflex fitted and I had a problem with the clutch that it could make the problem worse.

Given all that, what do you all think? Is is worth risking changing the Engine Mount(s) as a relatively low cost option and hoping that improves things, or do you think it is more likely the clutch that needs to be replaced? I think the HDi 90's have single mass fly wheels, but could it still be the fly wheel?

I'm reasonably happy with the car, but the other factor is that my missus can't drive a manual, and she wan't me to flog it off and buy an auto - The hole in the exhaust at the MOT really threw a wobbly in that because it meant I ended up spending more than I wanted to get through the MOT and it made the clutch problem more apparent - it's now harder to sell for less money and I need a higher price to cover what I spent...
 

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Sounds like a pressure plate fault to me. The springs that dampen the torque on take up of the drive can be known to fracture as a generic fault due to design and exasperated by people who drop the clutch fast for wheel spin antics etc. on all makes of car.
 

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Sounds like a pressure plate fault to me. The springs that dampen the torque on take up of the drive can be known to fracture as a generic fault due to design and exasperated by people who drop the clutch fast for wheel spin antics etc. on all makes of car.
It's a 307, so I don't know about wheel spin :lol: , but the pressure plate fault makes sense to me...
I think it shudders more in reverse too - do you think that would point to the same cause?
 
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