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CLUTCHES--noise, slippage,chatter, wear problems
a week ago. The pilot bearing was at the bottom of the bell housing. It made a
terrible crunching noise when I let off of the clutch pedal. I got it fixed ($200
labor, $110 parts) and test drove it. It was fine. I took the 30 mile drive home which consists of a long stretch followed by a turn. As I turned (downshifting from 5th to neutral, then to 1st), the crunching started again!
I borrowed my uncle's truck for about 4 days. I decided to try the car just for
kicks, and it worked! I drove the car a bit, increasing the distance and speed
each time. No problems. I drove it to work and after another long stretch and a
turn, the noise started yet again. I thought I could make it to work, drove a
mile to the red light, and the noise stopped yet again.
After work, I decided that the clutch was too soft. I tightened the clutch pedal
adjustor nut thing and drove about 100 miles in and out of town doing errands,
driving long 5th gear stretches with no problems. I went home and as I turned,
the noise started *again*, but it was much more quiet.
I just got done playing with it and I noticed that if I adjust the clutch adjustor
nut and run the car (put it in neutral with the pedal out) it's fine. When I play
with the clutch it slowly comes back. If I tighten the adjustor nut more, it stops
again and then slowly builds back up.
The mechanic that installed the clutch has no idea what's going on. Someone
told me that it might be the throwout bearing not being lubed, someone else
said the 4th-5th gear synchronizer might be bad.
Please give me your ideas no matter now far out! I'm moving to Indiana for a new job and I don't have the money for a new car.
Thanks in advance,