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Old August 16th, 2013, 06:59 AM
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Engage clutch - shudder and clunk

1995 defender soft top. 104,000 miles. Five speed.

I've owned this defender for seven years. When I engage the clutch there is often a shudder from what feels like the whole drive train unless I give it high rpm. Or if I let the clutch out to quickly, it feels like there is slack in the drive train and it suddenly hits or clunks when everything engages.. I want to fix this. It's been like this since I owned it. Ive not done any serious off roading. Somebody must have experienced a similar situation.

Any suggestions?
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Old August 16th, 2013, 07:27 AM
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Be happy! This is proof that you really own a Rover. This is normal slack, especially for an aging Defender. I know it sucks but I doubt the solution to improve this character flaw is worth the investment. Remember you own what most circles consider a farm vehicle. Clunks and noise seem to have been very low on Land Rover's priority list but I'm pretty sure if you make sure you have good clean fluids and regular attention it'll rarely leave you alone.

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Old August 16th, 2013, 08:01 AM
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check all your powertrain mounts to see if they are loose or broken. engine, tranny and tcase
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Old August 16th, 2013, 08:07 AM
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rear link bushings and A arm ball joint
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Old August 16th, 2013, 04:16 PM
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Thanks for the info and I will try to fix the same. The A arm ball joint is a big one in the back...right? Is it a diy job or do you need special equipment?

Also, I'm interested if anybody has had the same issue and what they did to fix it if anything.
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