Xantia clutch judder - SH
I have a 1.9TD Xantia (42,000 miles, 30,000 of those in London) on which the clutch action is slightly stiffer than normal and it has an unavoidable judder when pulling away from a standstill, no signs of slippage though! It has been like this now for about 10,000 miles. Can anyone suggest the likely cause ? And how much a repair would cost? Would it be best looked at by an independant citroen specialist or a Citroen main dealer ? Is something which should be addressed sooner rather than later?
Xantia clutch judder - M.M
SH,

Sorry no response for a while.

Many of the Citroen range with similar arrangements will give a judder or stiff pedal rather than old fashioned slipping when the clutch needs changing.

A long shot is that you might have an engine mount or clutch cable fault, these will be the cheapest faults to repair.

More likely the town use has taken its toll so you are looking at an early clutch change.

Just a possibility there is a rear crank seal oil leak onto the clutch but I wouldn\'t expect it.

Get some quotes first, this can be a time consuming job. I wouldn\'t go for the very cheapest outlets and make sure an OE quality replacement is used wherever you get it done.

David W
Xantia clutch judder - David M
I can vouch for David's advice with present and past Citroens - BXs, though. Particularly have had this with current BX both before and after clutch change by BX-owning-and-driving specialist. He advised me he'd check the engine + gearbox mounts the next time I was around - they can deteriorate with age and/or oil contamination.

David M
SH,
Sorry no response for a while.
Many of the Citroen range with similar arrangements will give a
judder or stiff pedal rather than old fashioned slipping when the
clutch needs changing.
A long shot is that you might have an engine mount
or clutch cable fault, these will be the cheapest faults to
repair.
More likely the town use has taken its toll so you
are looking at an early clutch change.
Just a possibility there is a rear crank seal oil leak
onto the clutch but I wouldn\'t expect it.
Get some quotes first, this can be a time consuming job.
I wouldn\'t go for the very cheapest outlets and make sure
an OE quality replacement is used wherever you get it done.
David W
Xantia clutch judder - danwave@lycos.co.uk
If I were you I would have the mechanics do the following:

1. Clean the Clutch (and check wear)
2. If the judder goes away, then you know it is probably a leak

Xantia clutch judder - keithb
In which case you have to spend another £200-300 labour to remove the gearbox again, fix the crankshaft leak and fit a new clutch. Doesn't make much sense to me.

Haven't tried it but I believe it is virtually impossible to properly clean brake pads or clutch plates which have been contaminated by oil. And if the clutch plate is contaminated, then you know you have a leak so attemting to clean it and then refitting everything, without fixing the leak is doomed to failure.

 

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