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What causes a huge amount of chatter I just did the clutch and flywheel through out barringit ran smooth before I did the clutch did I miss something

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If it only chatters when you initially disengage the clutch and then the chatter goes away with the transmission fully engaged that the flywheel is the culprit. Even if it was new it should have at least been checked for warpage Let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them. Thank you for using FixYa.com!

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