Engine & Gearbox Likely to need a new DMF?

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  1. buzzbee Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Honda Accord 2.2 I-CTDI Tourer – 55 plate 2006 with 215K on the clock

    Can I please tap into people’s experience on an issue?

    For some time, I have experienced a vibration in the clutch, but have left it, as it operated fine.

    Yesterday though, I got in and turned over the engine and heard very loud knocking in the engine. When I touched the clutch, it really shook under my foot, clearly linked to the knocking, so I turned the engine off

    When I started the engine again, it happened again, so I stopped the engine. I pumped the clutch pedal and re-started it after a minute or so and it was fine. It has driven OK since

    I guess it is now only a matter of time before the problem puts the car off of the road, so am looking to get it sorted. I know very little about car engines, besides topping up fluid levels, oil and water (Plenty of clutch fluid BTW), but I am guessing that I need a new clutch AND DMF. Does that sound like the case to those more knowledgeable? than me

    Reading through some of the threads on here about DMF, it looks like a special tool is required and that most independent garages do NOT have it. From this, it seems that any such change is a real risk, if not done by a Honda dealer. Is this the case?

    I was thinking of going to Mr Clutch, as they are clutch specialists, but after reading some of the experience on here, I wonder if I might be best to pay the extra to get it done by a Honda dealer

    Thoughts?...

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  2. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Are there any Honda Specialists in Berkshire that you could go to ?
     
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  3. buzzbee Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I have a Honda dealer that I have used. They are pretty good. They are quoting £640 for a new clutch, fully fitted, plus £700, if it needs a DMF as well, which I think is likely.

    I don't know of any independent Honda specialists locally
     
  4. Nighthawk Guest

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    The clutches on our CTDI's are pretty sensitive to be played around with - I would bite the bullet and let the dealer sort it out for you to make sure its done correctly. It does need a special Honda tool to change it all correctly. Sounds a bit to me like your thrust bearing has collapsed on you. You can feel a bad thrust bearing through your foot very easily as a throbbing sensation as its wearing out normally. Does she shift ok?

    What is she like to drive at 215k? Ever had any major problems with her?
     
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    Yes, it has been shifting OK, apart from that one time mentioned above, where the clutch had a loud knocking and serious shake. I would not have been able to drive it if that had continued.

    Thankfully, since then, it has been back to how it was before, with just a small vibration and noise, but it shifts OK

    Regarding how it drives, it is still great to drive! I have had it for 3 years. I have had it service each year, first at an independent garage close to work, but last year, at a main dealer. It doesn't feel like a car that has done 215K at all. I just hope she keeps going for another 100K and I think she might well do
     
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    Goes to show just how well built the Accords are to last that long. Its good to see another diesel hitting nice mileage with no issues. I hope you get her sorted soon
     
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    Agreed. Gutted they have been discontinued, as my next car would definitely have been another Accord
     
  8. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    I'm pretty sure it will be back :Grin:
     
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  9. buzzbee Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Rather bizarrely and happily, in the two weeks since the above happened, the car has driven like a dream and the clutch now seems fine

    On a side note, at 10 years old and with over £215K on the clock, it flew through the MOT with no issues on Friday :Smile:
     
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    Good to hear :Thumbup::clap:
     
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  11. buzzbee Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Does anyone think that continuing to drive it will do any damage?

    When the vibrations first started, a friend, who is a mechanic, said, "Your DMF has gone. Change it immediately." I took it to my usual mechanic who said, "As long as it still drives, there is no need to change it. Wait until it goes"

    I've been driving it for the best part of a year since it started
     
  12. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    I can't imagine it causing many problems, other than to itself and the clutch. So you may as well leave it until it becomes too much of a problem to simply ignore.
     
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  13. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    If/when you have a new clutch, as stated above, a main dealer is the best place to go.
    There are too many posts on here from people that have had issues when this was done by others.
    :fingerscrossed: that you may be able to hold off for a while longer.
     
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