Clutch "chatter" after repeated clutch use in a parking lot - normal?
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    Clutch "chatter" after repeated clutch use in a parking lot - normal?

    I was at a parking lot tonight looking for a parking space and had to repeatedly use my clutch since I was just going from 1st to 2nd gear over and over again. Had to do this for close to 20-30 min. I think I smelled my clutch burning a little but am not sure. Then I started to feel slight vibrations (or "chatter" is what it seems to be called from a google search) when using the clutch.

    My car only has 850 miles on it. Is this normal? Should I be worried about any major damage being done? This is only my 2nd manual car in my 35 yr lifetime. I don't know much about these cars and am a little worried.

    Thanks for any info.

    EDIT: Also, I've been very careful up until this point with taking it easy with everything. Have never launched or anything. But tonight I had no choice when looking for a parking space in a crowded parking lot.
    Last edited by Hung_Wei_Lo; 06-09-2012 at 10:17 PM.

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    While the clutch is still new it needs to be broken in, lots of slippage can cause it to hot spot the flywheel. You may have deposits on the flywheel now that are causing it to chatter..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MainFrame View Post
    While the clutch is still new it needs to be broken in, lots of slippage can cause it to hot spot the flywheel. You may have deposits on the flywheel now that are causing it to chatter..
    Thanks. What does that mean though? The deposits. Something I need to get repaired? It seems to have lessened to the point of almost being non existent after I didn't drive it for 3 hours and drove it again. I still feel it a little.

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    Well.. hot spots cause the flywheel to become brittle (and chatter). There is the potential for it to shatter, explode, or whatever because of being brittle. Some people would say it's a hazard and should be replaced.. personally I wouldn't worry about it that much. If the chatter isn't unbearable then I would just forget about it and try to go easy and not slip it too much in the future.

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    It's definitely not unbearable. Can barely feel it now. And it's insane that I even have to consider replacing it just because I drove around a parking lot for 20 min with only 850 miles on the clutch. These things can't be that fragile....

    Thanks for all the info, MainFrame.

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    yeah .. once the clutch is good and broken in it will handle more slippage without hot spotting, I think the issue here is that it wasn't quite broken in yet. With a relatively new clutch you don't want to hardly slip it at all for the first couple thousand miles.. I'm not sure how long it really takes for a clutch to become broken in though.

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    I've been reading more online and it seems some people say the flywheel will "even out" from using the clutch more and this shouldn't be an issue. I hope that's the case. Again, I don't want to have to replace anything at just 850 miles.

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    This JUST happened to me. I've been searching for over an hour now trying to figure out what it is and what to do. I'm at 1600 miles on my '12 and I was contemplating taking it to the dealer today while I was off.

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