Help sussing out my vibrating clutch

Discussion in 'Motoring' started by TUSSFC, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. TUSSFC

    TUSSFC
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Messages:
    1,041
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Ratings:
    +34
    OK, so I got in the car this morning and drove my son to his nursery. All fine/normal.

    Got back in the car after dropping him off, I pull off and notice two things:

    (1) The clutch pedal has a strong vibration going through it, I can feel it going right up my foot/ankle
    (2) There is a slight creaky sound as I engage/change gears

    The gears are not crunching or slipping. The clutch is still biting at the same point as usual and the car seems to be driving OK.

    However the strong vibration in the clutch pedal is concerning me. It is occuring regardless of whether I am in gear, idle, coasting in neutral, changing gear, etc. Always the same level of vibration.

    The creaky sound disappears when in neutral or idle - only when the clutch is engaged to pull away or change gear.

    Any ideas? It doesn't seem to quite fit the bill for a clutch on the way out (which I have experienced before and felt different).

    The car is a Xsara Picasso 1.8 Petrol (2001). Mileage is 69000.

    Any help would be appreciated. Obviously I will get a garage to look at it when I get a chance, but I don't fancy £300-400 on a new clutch - would rather get rid of it :(
     
  2. TUSSFC

    TUSSFC
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Messages:
    1,041
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Ratings:
    +34
    The clutch is knackered - confirmed properly :( Ho hum.
     
  3. alexs2

    alexs2
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2002
    Messages:
    13,967
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Ratings:
    +1,671
    Sounds like the DMF may have chucked in the towel.
     
  4. mjn

    mjn
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2001
    Messages:
    23,950
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Herts, England
    Ratings:
    +12,535
    As above, sounds like DMF.
     
  5. TUSSFC

    TUSSFC
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Messages:
    1,041
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Ratings:
    +34
    I was under the impression that this doesn't have a DMF tbh. I'm sure I read that only the 1.6 HDi has a DMF.
     
  6. wookielover

    wookielover
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2009
    Messages:
    2,604
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Ratings:
    +384
    Wouldn't think it has a DMF , that's reserved for diesels to smooth out the rough engine. One of the advantages of modern diesels

    It may be the clutch cable on the way out . Or it may be the clutch is going to go , but the clutch isn't slipping and still bites strong .

    Sadly clutches aren't something you can do yourself , normally, because offer need to lift the engine and drop the box.

    You could have a garage look at it ( from experience I would avoid mr clutch ) or just drive it . Wait for it to go and get towed . Difficult to know without actually driving it .
     
  7. alexs2

    alexs2
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2002
    Messages:
    13,967
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Ratings:
    +1,671
    Err.....not exactly.

    A lot of modern petrol engine are also hamstrung with DMFs,although I don't know if the Citroen itself does.

    Have a quick google on the subject.
     
  8. QBSBuck

    QBSBuck
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2009
    Messages:
    3,623
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Ratings:
    +209
    The Picasso has this vibraton issue. My 02 plate does it to a degree. I noticed a big improvement when I renewed my exhaust and all 4 tyres, routinely.
     

Share This Page

Loading...