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Why Does my Clutch Make a Noise?

Why Does my Clutch Make a Noise?

One thing that may disturb a driver is strange noises, such as growls or squeaks, coming from the vehicle while driving. If the unidentified sound comes from the clutch pedal, the driver can even feel that they're not controlling the car, which certainly doesn't make the driving experience comfortable.

We must always pay attention to unusual sounds or vibrations, because they are usually symptoms of a problem with the car such as a problem with bearings, bushings or the actual clutch. Are you wondering why does my clutch make a noise? Today at oneHOWTO we'll explain the possible reasons why this happens.

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My clutch pedal makes a noise: Is that normal?

A clutch pedal should not emit any sound, so you should always be wary if you notice the clutch squeaking or growling when you push it or lift it. Before moving on to explain the possible reasons why this is happening, we recommended that the first thing you do is take the car to a garage to have a professional fix the possible fault. If you want to avoid clutch problems in the future, make sure you know when you should change the clutch in your car.

Is the shaft of the clutch pedal worn?

The reason why your clutch makes a noise can probably be clarified if you pay attention to the exact moment when does it make the noise. If it doesn't happen when you step on the pedal, but when you have changed gear and lifted the pedal, it's quite likely that the shaft is too worn. You will have to replace it.

If your car is new, it is unlikely that the shaft piece will be worn. Then, the cause of thenoise when releasing the clutch can be a poor fit of the clutch pedal, which can come from two sources:

  • The disc and the flywheel are not well aligned.
  • The pedal setting is not adequate, making the disc slip.

Is the bearing worn?

If the clutch makes a noise when you step on the pedal but not upon release, the cause can be that the bearing is starting to wear. In that case, the mysterious sound will be squeaky and high-pitched, a bit like an old door.

If this is the case, you will have to go to your regular mechanic who will replace the part. For more information, take a look at our article on how to check car bearings.

Is there a problem with the transmission control?

If the strange sound in the clutch occurs just as you start to step on the pedal, chances are that the transmission control is incorrectly set. In this case, simply install the transmission control correctly so that the noise disappears; take your car to a garage if you don't know how to fix it yourself. In this case, the sound will sound like a growl.

Of course, if your clutch makes a noise, it may just be that it needs some lubrication. Remember that when you use a manual transmission car, this is the pedal that works away the most! In that case, the pedal will eventually start to sound creaky or squeaky. Try greasing the spring that is linked to the clutch pedal with lithium grease.

We recommend that whenever you have car trouble you check if you can still get the repairs sorted as part of the car's warranty. This way, you'll avoid having to spend amounts of money that can sometimes be considerable. At oneHOWTO we give you some tips so you know when to replace the clutch and so keep your car is in perfect condition for use.

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I have a 2005 Mustang 4.6 LI recently put a high performance aftermarket clutch I'm getting a sound when i let the clutch out while applying a great amount of throttle. It only happens when applying too much gas while starting to disengage. Its most apparent when starting out from a stop in first gear. What could be wrong?
my gearbox is making noise but when I press clutch is quite but the clutch petal is very soft. what must I replace in the gearbox
OneHowTo Editor
We advise you to take it to a mechanic so he can check it in person to find the underlying problem.
Paul Duffield
My cluch peddle makes a noise when i press it down and release it does any one no wats wrong...
Why does my clutch make a noise it is a new car
OneHowTo Editor
Your clutch might make a noise due to any of the reasons above, though if it's a new car it will still be in warranty, so take it to your designated garage for a reliable diagnosis.
Alba Charles
In this article you can find some reasons why your clutch is making a noise. If your car is new you might want to bring it to the authorized dealer for a checkup.
Dave Ward
That's good to know what the problem might be. I think my clutch might be wearing out since I hear a noise when I step on the pedal. The car isn't new by any stretch of the imagination, so it's possible. I'll have to take it in soon. It's better to be safe than sorry.

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