Distinguishing Noises in a Worn Clutch System

car-clutchDriving a manual transmission means becoming very familiar with how your clutch system works. A clutch that makes noise throughout your drive can quickly become aggravating. You want the clutch to operate smoothly and quietly and create a seamless transition from gear to gear. It’s the fun part of driving.

When the clutch becomes noisy, rough, and an overall burden is when you should take action. The fact is no clutch will last forever and problems can occur at almost any time. However, your style of driving can heavily influence when service and repair is required for your clutch system.

Paying attention to the details is where it counts. If you’ve determined the noise is coming from the clutch then that’s a great start.

But what kind of clutch noise is it? When does the clutch make this sound?

The key here is knowing when the sounds occurs. Is the clutch making noise when the pedal is pressed or vice versa?

If the clutch makes noise when pressed and stops when it’s released then there’s a very good chance you have a worn release bearing or pilot bearing.

Tip: If you can distinguish what type of sound is being made then you may be able to narrow down the problem even more. A high pitched squealing sound is likely going to be the release bearing. A whirling noise is probably going to be the pilot bearing.

If the noise stops when it’s pressed but is heard when it’s released then it’s likely the input shaft bearings. Check these components and replace if necessary and give your car a test drive. The noise should have ceased but if not then you’re best bet would be to bring your vehicle into 2J’s Automotive.

At our auto shop in Fort Worth our certified technicians will run every possible test to find out what is wrong with your clutch. A FREE diagnostic test ($80 value) will pinpoint the location of the problem so we can discuss your options and go from there.

We work on all makes and models both foreign and domestic and there’s not a clutch system we haven’t seen or worked on.

Call us at 817-232-9866 to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.

2 responses to “Distinguishing Noises in a Worn Clutch System”

  1. daniel says:

    I think then I have a release bearing that’s worn. Do I just need to replace the bearing or whole clutch should be replaced?

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