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Clutch shudder I have a '97 Subaru Outback Legacy. 2 weeks after I bought it the head gasket blew. During that repair I had the mechanic replace the worn clutch as well. Ever since the car develops, no it is not there after every fix, a shudder in first AFTER the car warms up. About the third time I was going to take the car back again for the same problem, the clutch threw a spring and froze my clutch. I destroyed my 2nd gear getting of the highway. I then took the car back to the same mechanic and learned that the transmission casing had worn where the throw-out bearing rides. At this point the mechanic replaced the clutch, flywheel, and transmission (with a used 75k). He even inserted a sleeve into the casing to avoid the throw-out bearing problem. Long story short the car has: (As of about 3 weeks ago) new clutch 75k transmission sleeve in t-case new flywheel And just this week the clutch shudder returned. This has my mechanic baffled. After dumping nearly 5k into this car over the process I am not willing to live with the shudder. Is there a solution to this problem?

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  • peters1023 May 09, 2009

    Yes they were all the same clutch assembly.

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Ask the mechanic if the clutches both came from the same source and if they were rebuilt units from the same re-manufacturer. The material used to resurface a clutch can cause this results.

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  • Manuel Rebelo May 09, 2009

    We use to call this chatter. When you say the fly wheel I'm assuming you mean the pressure plate. That is the unit that attaches to the flywheel and has all the springs. Normally only the clutch plate can warp with excessive heat and not the pressure plate or fly wheel but I would need to actually see the parts to give a definite answer. Sorry about all the headaches, good luck.

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