Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 12:00:13 +0100
From: "SAABurger" <>
Subject: Re: Clutch Quick Question

"Grunff" <> wrote in message >> Paul Halliday wrote: >> When I put the car in neutral and lift my foot off the clutch, there is a >> quiet, but noticeable, low pitched noise. This noise disappears when I >> depress the clutch again. My car is an '89 900 T8. >> >> This is the "throw out bearing" gone bad, right? Is it a bit deal, or >> something I can leave for a while until I need a bigger job doing in the >> clutch area? > > Most likely, yes. If it's only making a little noise when you > release the clutch, don't worry about it. It will gradually get > worse, until your car sounds a little like a jet engine. That's > the time to replace it (or if you do anything with the clutch > before that time, replace it then). Please forgive me for my stupidity but the symptoms seem to be in the reverse sense for it to be the release bearing. Bearings of all types generally make a noise under load, whereas Paul's noise is off load. I would therefore be moved to suggest gearbox input shaft bearing(s).

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