Clutch squeaking

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Zaphod, Jul 26, 2003.

  1. Zaphod

    Zaphod Guest

    I would have posted this question last week, but I have been out of state
    for the past week.

    I think that I may have mentioned a week or two ago that I just replaced the
    window lift motor in my 95 sl1 after it had not been working for the past 3
    maybe 4 years.

    Now that the window is working I notice that the clutch is squeaking. I can
    only hear the squeaking when the window is down and when I am parked next to
    another car or wall such as when I go to a drive thru.

    Since the only reason I can hear the squeak is because I now have the
    drivers window working I have absolutely no idea how long it has been doing
    this. Days, weeks, months or maybe even years your guess is about as good
    as mine.

    I was wondering if this could be caused just by some part needing to be
    greased or may it be a sign that some part of the clutch is about to go out.

    Anyone have any insights?

    Zaphod, Jul 26, 2003
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    Zaphod Guest

    It squeaks when being used. When ever I push it in or release is the
    only time you can hear any noise and then usually only if I have my
    drivers window down and I am parked next to something.

    Years ago I had a jeep with a bad clutch that did just the opposite,
    it would be quite when being used but when driving down the road there
    was a constant squeak until the clutch finally failed one day and the
    peddal feel to the floor.

    Of course the Jeep (a 78 CJ5) had a spring clutch, where as my Saturn
    uses a hydrolaic clutch which I am not as familar with.

    Zaphod, Jul 28, 2003
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    Kirk Kohnen Guest


    I had a 97 SL2 manual. There is a bushing on the clutch pedal where it
    pivots. When that gets dry (no lubricant) the clutch pedal squeaks every
    time it is pushed in or released. But, it only squeaks when the pedal is
    being moved.

    I fixed that problem by:

    1) Buying another bushing from the Saturn dealer.
    2) Lubricating the new one with teflon grease (Radio Shack sells it).
    3) Replacing the old bushing with the new one. Go in from under the dash.
    You have to contort your body to get to the pedal. Remove the two clips (one
    on each pivot). Remove pedal, grease the main pivot, and put it back in.
    Kirk Kohnen, Jul 29, 2003
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    BANDIT2941 Guest

    I had a 97 SL2 manual. There is a bushing on the clutch pedal where it
    Since he can only hear the noise with the window down, it probably isn't coming
    from under the dash.

    If the noise happens whenever you have the clutch depressed then its probably
    the throwout bearing. In that case, you're probably better off leaving it alone
    until it needs to be fixed.
    BANDIT2941, Jul 29, 2003
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    Zaphod Guest

    Yeah, when being moved is the only time I hear any noise I will have to look
    into that.
    I will take a look at the throw out bearing also, thanks for the suggestion.
    Money is tight right now so if it is something that is about to go I hope
    that it will continue to work for a couple weeks because it will be at least
    that long before I can afford to do anything with it.

    Thanks for both of your suggestions, now at least I have an idea of
    somethings that I should be looking for.

    Zaphod, Jul 29, 2003
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    Dan Duncan Guest

    Does it do it regardless of whether the engine is running?

    Dan Duncan, Jul 29, 2003
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    Kirk Kohnen Guest

    If it's a dry clutch pedal bushing, it will only squeak when the pedal is
    being moved.

    And, as my esteemed colleague Bandit points out, the window position should
    have no bearing on whether you hear a dry bushing.

    The good news is (if it's the bushing) it's a cheap fix. You can probably
    fix it for free using any grease and not replacing the bushing.
    Kirk Kohnen, Jul 30, 2003
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    Zaphod Guest

    I had not noticed if it squeaked while off or only while on. I think that
    is partly because generally the only time I use the clutch while the car is
    off is when I am at home about to go to work, or at work about to come
    home. In both cases I am pushing the clutch in to start the car so my
    window is still up, plus in both cases I am never parked next to anything
    that would cause the echo effect allowing me to hear it in the first place.

    There have been times where I was parked and opened my door before releasing
    the clutch and was able to hear the squeak, the car would have been turned
    off in those cases.

    Not being sure how to answer your question I went outside and tried the
    clutch and for the first time in a couple weeks or something like that I
    could not get it to squeak at all, regardless of whether the car was on or

    The car had been sitting for several hours since last used, I don't know if
    that had anything to do with it.

    Zaphod, Aug 3, 2003
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