[Vwdiesel] Clutch Noise Problem

LBaird119 at aol.com LBaird119 at aol.com
Tue Dec 30 02:34:17 EST 2003

anyway, what you're describing sounds like a release
bearing that is starting to go bad. that bearing is
what sits on the release fork and actually depresses
the fingers on the clutch pressure plate.

  Well, on a "regular" car it's that way.  It functions the same way on these
 but it's a bit different.  The release bearing is clear in the other end of 
tranny and uses a pushrod to push on the release plate, which pushes the 
fingers of the pressure plate, releasing the clutch.  
  First guess is the bearing except these don't go bad terribly often. The 
pushrods do tend to wear flat especially if the old release plate's hardened 
push point was loose or worn.  Check both ends of the pushrod as well 
as checking it for straight.  There's a bushing in the clutch end of the 
input shaft, for the pushrod, so check it for wear.  It's smart to replace 
that bushing if at all worn as well as the seal.  A dry clutch disk is a 
happy clutch disk.
  Otherwise it'd be stuff like a bent pressure plate finger/s, object in the 
clutch area, failed shock spring in the clutch disk, etc.

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