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I have a 2008 1.4 Civic which has done 13k miles from new, been driven fairly gently and always with mechanical sympathy.
My dad owned the car from new then i bought it from him around 14 months ago.
When i first got the car i noticed a slight judder from the clutch when picking away in first gear now and again(posted on here at the time), but it wasnt that bad really. I also learned at the time that it was quite common, and reported as a feature of the clutch.

In the last month or so this judder has become very annoying. It is worst when the engine is cold, and unless i slip the clutch a little when picking away, there is a very noticeable and worrying judder which is definitely not normal.
This morning i went out to get the paper and had to do a quick u-turn from a standing start, with the result that the clutch/transmission seemed to be making a banging noise and was quite jerky until i got moving properly. Have noticed this same thing when having to make a fast start to get onto a roundabout close to my house in the mornings.

Just to be clear, my clutch does not slip during normal driving. To me, there is a manufacturing issue here.
I have noticed that the judder seems to go away when the engine has been up to normal temperature for a while.

Is there anything i can do about this that involves little or no expense, or if i just put up with it could it potentially do damage?
 

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Has the car been serviced by Honda from new? If so take it back to them and see if they will sort it out for you.

If you don't get anywhere with the dealer then complain to Honda UK. A clutch shouldn't give trouble at that low mileage.
 

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My car had its first 2 services at the supplying main dealer, then its 3rd and first MOT at an independant using genuine/approved parts.
I absolutely agree that a clutch should be perfect at such a low mileage, especially as i know it has had gentle use from new.

I am thinking of going into the dealer and speaking to the service manager, see what he says......
If that does not work out, i will probably contact Honda UK as you say.
 

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Im in 2 minds now whether to just leave it now if its not going to do any harm, because i only anticipate keeping the car for maybe another full year.
Done a coupe of journeys around town this afternoon with the car fully warmed up, and try as i might - specifically stopping to pick away slow and fast...even on hills, i could not provoke the clutch into juddering.
This confirms what i said before about the problem going away when it heats up.

I am wondering....with other owners that have experienced a juddering clutch, is it always present or does it go away when the car heats up?
 

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Im in 2 minds now whether to just leave it now if its not going to do any harm, because i only anticipate keeping the car for maybe another full year.
Done a coupe of journeys around town this afternoon with the car fully warmed up, and try as i might - specifically stopping to pick away slow and fast...even on hills, i could not provoke the clutch into juddering.
This confirms what i said before about the problem going away when it heats up.

I am wondering....with other owners that have experienced a juddering clutch, is it always present or does it go away when the car heats up?
I have had the judder for the past 2 weeks since it's colder... not all the time, as it seems to be when it's cold and damp. However, mine is not any better when the car warms up... only when the weather warms up :facepalm:

Done the pull away in 4th test and its def not the clutch failing, but still nervous about going to the stealer as the will say 'Def failed cluch, bend over while we steal £1k from your wallet' :(
 

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Yeah, seeing as the problem has got worse in the last few weeks, i had wondered if it was due to the drop in temperature and almost constant dampness........but im sure it wasnt like this last December, and we know how bad the weather was then. :eek:

I think i will just monitor the situation and see how it goes.
Honda really got it badly wrong with the clutches on(apparently all)the current Civic, judging from all the complaints. :(
 

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I had the dreaded clutch judder at the weekend as well, after lots of stopping and starting in busy town traffic. I presumed the clutch was about to give up, but after reading all of the posts on Civinfo it sounds like that might not be the case.

My approach so far has been a bit Jeremy Clarkson-like, I've been giving it some welly when pulling away - the judder isn't there and with the current freezing cold Scottish air the car feels like it has a bit more poke. :cool:

I don't even want to think about replacing a clutch at 24,000 miles, with my usually sympathetic approach to clutch use, it can't be wearing. But if it is on the way out I might as well enjoy myself ... :police:
 
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