I've just started getting a vibration travelling through my clutch
pedal (and up through my left foot!). It's a metallic sort of rubbing
noise which happens when the pedal is travelling either up or down.
Everything's fine when the clutch is fully depressed or fully released
and there's no problem with the gear-shift or the gears themselves.
Before I take it into a garage I'd like to check/top up the clutch and
gearbox oil - but unfortunately I've only got an 'owners handook' and
it's not very helpful. Is this a straighforward procedure? - could
somebody kindly run me through it. Thanks.
Most likely its the clutch release bearing getting noisy: not unexpected for
a 96. Release bearings can be noisy for months or years with no ill effects.
If the noise/vibration starts when you carefully depress the pedal about
3-6cm, its the release bearing. You can leave it so long as the noise
doesn't get worse and you can change gears without noise. If the clutch has
started shuddering on take-off, its time to replace the clutch.
Its not cost effective to pul the transmission to replace just the release
bearing: Its better to replace the complete clutch at the same time, as the
cost of the labour is most of the job.
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