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I did the clutch and now there is a shudder when pulling away and in between gear shifting. Please help

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Did you put in a rebuilt clutch or a brand new one?
Shudder is usually weak clutch disc torsion springs.
Rebuilt discs may have weak torsion springs on the clutch disc while new clutch disc torsion springs should be "new" and should not cause clutch shudder.
One other cause can be broken or damaged motor mounts.

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