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    Biting point shudder

    Biting point shudder
    Hi fellow Astra owners,

    I bought a Vauxhall Astra, 05 plate 1.6 Club Twinport, approximately 3 months ago.

    I have noticed that the car seems to shudder at biting point when in first gear. At first I thought it was me brining the clutch too high too fast or not pressing the accelerator enough, however I have noticed that the problem goes away after driving it for a while. I think it may be an issue when the car is cold, as it usually only happens soon after starting the car and we have had some very bad weather recently.

    I tried googling the issue and found a few people with a simillar issue. Their solution seems to be to replace the clutch. Does this sound like something that I may need to do?

    Also the car has done 54K miles and has not had the cam belt replaced. When should I look into replacing it? I have heard conflicting opinions, some say 40K, some 60k and other 100K.

    Thanks in advance,
    Pri

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    cambelt on 40k along with waterpump and rollers/tensioner

    mk5 astra suffers with clutch and dual mass flywheel problems, change them with LUK parts and it should do the trick

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve1412 View Post
    cambelt on 40k along with waterpump and rollers/tensioner

    mk5 astra suffers with clutch and dual mass flywheel problems, change them with LUK parts and it should do the trick
    that work on the mk4?

    mine sometimes does that
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    well you don't have the dual mass flywheel, but if you are getting clutch judder/shudder then the 3 part clutch unit could be ready for replacing

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve1412 View Post
    well you don't have the dual mass flywheel, but if you are getting clutch judder/shudder then the 3 part clutch unit could be ready for replacing

    is it expensive lol??
    G t c

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    I get alot of clutch judder on my mk5, especially from cold. How long does the clutch last out of interest? Mine is on 72k now on a 55plate.

    Oh, and 1st/2nd can be really difficult to select when cold.
    Astra sold ... replaced with a Skoda ... soon to be replaced with another Vauxhall

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgodden1989 View Post
    I get alot of clutch judder on my mk5, especially from cold. How long does the clutch last out of interest? Mine is on 72k now on a 55plate.

    Oh, and 1st/2nd can be really difficult to select when cold.
    all depends on the type of journeys you do, lots of town driving on the clutch all the time will see the clutch wear out around 70/80k miles.
    if you do alot of cruising, i.e motorway driving then it is not uncommon to do 100k +

    failing clutches normally cause judder, slipping, high biting point and difficulty engaging gear

    the 1st and 2nd gear issue you are having is a common vauxhall fault and i have had this in every vauxhall i have owned in the past 25 years. the syncromesh is tight in those two gears, but it does not affect the overall running of the car

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    Quote Originally Posted by tone View Post
    is it expensive lol??
    around £450/£500 for a decent 3 part clutch (LUK) including garage labour.
    the labour is the killer on this job as you have to drop the subframe, or some people lift the engine out. i prefer the subframe way and it can be done at home if you have a bit of knowledge and a set of ramps and a mate to help lower the subframe and gearbox.
    just to give you an idea of time, it takes me around four hours on my drive to do this job, including tea breaks

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    I've also noticed that it won't go into 1st gear sometimes

    Guess I'll wait a bit longer before replacing the clutch, hopefully I won't notice it as much when the weather warms up a bit.

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    Just got a quote back from a Vuaxhall garage, £1500 for clutch, flywheel and labour

    I think I can wait!

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