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I have a 2005 Toyota Camry (Manual Transmission). My clutch died on me last week - couldn't accelerate.

I had the clutch replaced at a local mechanic. Now when I start the car off in first gear the car vibrates. I have tested by going to 1500 rpms and slowly releasing the clutch pedal. It vibrates until the clutch is fully engaged (which is almost an inch off the floor.)

Did the mechanic do a poor job or am I simply not used to the new clutch?

Edit: I just realized that the car always vibrated in reverse. Now it vibrates both when engaging first gear or reverse.

  • Normally I would say that you need to get used to the clutch... but I don't think that's the case here, especially as you told me that the car still vibrates when you hold the clutch on the BITE. I think you should get your clutch checked out by another mechanic. – Dan Aug 13 '15 at 14:33
  • Isn't the bite point where it's supposed to vibrate? – TheOne Aug 13 '15 at 14:35
  • Is it an involved job to look at the clutch? Don't you need to take out the transmission? – TheOne Aug 13 '15 at 14:36
  • He told me it's a single unit, so he didn't need to assemble the individual parts together. – TheOne Aug 13 '15 at 14:37
  • To me that sounds a little dodgy... The clutch is a pretty complex part of the car and more to the point, it should NOT vibrate ont he BITE. – Dan Aug 13 '15 at 14:40
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It sounds like the flywheel is out of round, and no a flywheel doesn't typically come with the clutch.

He told me it's a single unit, so he didn't need to assemble the individual parts together.

I am not sure exactly what that means, what parts exactly did he replace? A standard clutch job includes replacing the clutch, pressure plate, throwout bearing and turning the flywheel.

I would guess that he didn't turn the flywheel, meaning machine it to make sure it's completely flat.

The other possibility is that he only replaced the clutch disk and not the pressure plate and the pressure plate is the issue, but nobody only puts a clutch disk in without the pressure plate your just asking for trouble.

Here's a breakdown of a typical clutch to illustrate the parts I am talking about

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The technician should have had the flywheel turned (Machined), or at a minimum checked it for run-out as pictured below

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The Maximum runout: 0.1 mm (0.004 inch) so it doesn't take much to cause a problem.

  • I called him up and he said that it might need a tune up. I'll mention the flywheel on my next visit. Thanks! – TheOne Aug 13 '15 at 16:00
  • How much does the mentioned flywheel job usually cost? – TheOne Aug 13 '15 at 16:01
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    @TheOne When it's done with the clutch job about $40 which is just the machining labor. To do just that requires complete disassembly again so that's going to be pricey about 10 hours labor. Depending on engine size, I still need that information. That's why you do it while your are already in there. – Move More Comments Link To Top Aug 13 '15 at 16:05
  • wouldn't the mechanic notice if the flywheel was off when doing the clutch job? – TheOne Aug 13 '15 at 16:09
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    Will driving the car for a few days before the issue is resolved be detrimental to the car in any way? – TheOne Aug 13 '15 at 17:58
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I drive a Honda 1994 Accord, and have some vibration in the pedal and some vehicle vibration right at the point the clutch begins to bite. I have never had any issues because of this. I installed the clutch, pressure plate, and flywheel myself with the guidance of an ASE certified mechanic. About 5,000+/-1k later and all is well.

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