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Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 21:05:50 GMT
From: Paul Halliday <>
Subject: Re: Clutch Quick Question

in article, Grunff at wrote on 13/10/03 9:46 pm: > 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). > > BTW, over here we call it a clutch release bearing. Thanks Grunff - I actually typed at the end of my message, "What's the betting Grunff will be the first to reply" :) Your replies are always appreciated and valued. You've not been wrong yet with my questions - I'll vote for you as Minister of Saab Information, if the job ever comes up :) It's only a little noise at the moment. I keep having more jobs done to the front end (this time it was a wheel bearing) and I keep hearing more and more noises the quieter the car gets :) I think my last 900 (the '85 900i) suffered this problem to the extreme. It did sound like a jet and the noise could be heard above the engine noise when driving. What's going on in there (the "potted" version)? What ultimately fails disastrously if it is left? Thanks again, Paul

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