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#1 (permalink) Old 04-19-2005, 07:45 PM
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Now that the weather is nice here in Massachusets I've been driving around with my windows down. I noticed the other day when i was driving home from work that there was a slight rotational chirping sound - the kind you get when one of your belts is loose and or a little out of line and touching the edge of the pully it goes around.
I noticed though that it went away at certain times but could quite put my finger on when it started chirping and when it stopped. Then, today, when I pulled into my garage, I noticed that the chirping started when I put the clutch petal down to the floor and stopped when the clutch was engaged. I also noticed that the sound is always there, it just gets worse the further down I push the clutch petal (until the clutch disengages and then the rest of the distance it is the same noise).
Without replacing my clutch (god damnitt, i better not have to replace my clutch) is there anything i can do about this??
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Sounds like your throwout-bearing is going.
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^^yup, throwout bearing....had to replace mine last year

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^^yup, throwout bearing....had to replace mine last year
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What he said. Replace it every time you replace a clutch. Sounds like it's time to drop that tranny and take a look. You might need a new clutch anyway, although T.o. bearings often go out well before the disc, esp. if the driver is fond of holding it at lights instead of putting it in neutral and resting their foot. Remember, when your foot is down, that bearing is taking a beating.

Anyway if your disc is good you can just replace the to bearing by itself; but if you're going to be in there just do the whole enchalada and consider yourself lucky because you have a RWD car. When I did the clucth in my celica it took me about 2 days. There were 4 motor mounts, and 3 are on the transaxle, so yeah it was a major PITA. More reason why RWD > *

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good ol' throwout bearing whistle. while youre replacing your throwout bearing, you might as well replace the clutch too. (unless its brand new) Whenever you replace a clutch you should put a new bearing in there and vice versa.
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^exactly, since your already dropping the tranny and the clutch is right there it would be dumb not to replace the clutch as well. Saves you time and money down the road

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Any recomendations on a clutch kit. So far I've seen that BavAuto's is the most complete, but I'm not certain that that is the particular clutch that I want. I figure I may as well upgrade while I'm in there. Anyone know of a really complete clutch kit with a Centerforce (1 or dual friction) disc and pressureplate?
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