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Old 07-29-2020, 02:35 AM   #1
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Default Clutch makes constant squeaky noise when pressed in

On cold starts if i push the clutch pedal in there is a constant squeaking noise, sounds like a bad belt. Once the car warms up noise is gone. i have a 2004 wrx wagon with 86k miles. i have a video of the sound but i dont know how or if i can insert the clip on this. Honestly the noise is so similar to a belt but different tone. Hope some of yall can help thank you.
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Old 07-29-2020, 09:53 AM   #2
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Thowout/release bearing. Squeal means it is starting to fail. Replacement requires removal of transmission. At 86k you may as well change the factory clutch, assuming it is still factory.
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Old 07-29-2020, 10:05 AM   #3
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But if it was the bearing Id be hearing it all the time right? Not just on cold starts? And a throw out bearing sounds more like grinding the throw out bearing noise should also go away when clutch is pressed in all the way. When the clutch is pressed in all the way is when my I start to hear my noise
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Old 07-29-2020, 11:22 AM   #4
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But if it was the bearing I’d be hearing it all the time right? Not just on cold starts? And a throw out bearing sounds more like grinding the throw out bearing noise should also go away when clutch is pressed in all the way. When the clutch is pressed in all the way is when my I start to hear my noise
When your clutch pedal is pressed in is when your release bearing is working. It would make noise when the clutch pedal is pressed and go away when it isnt. There is no reason to believe a failing bearing cant become quieter once it is warm. You can ignore the noise until it gets louder and potentially fails, or you can replace it now, up to you.

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Old 07-29-2020, 02:09 PM   #5
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But if it was the bearing Id be hearing it all the time right? Not just on cold starts? And a throw out bearing sounds more like grinding the throw out bearing noise should also go away when clutch is pressed in all the way. When the clutch is pressed in all the way is when my I start to hear my noise
No, the throwout bearing is only being used when the clutch is depressed. You have it backwards. Take a clutch apart and you'll easily see how this system works. Replacing the bearing itself is really simple, removing the transmission is not much fun. This is why I say you might as well change the clutch and pressure plate while you're in there. Most clutch kits come with a new throwout bearing as well.
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Old 07-29-2020, 02:11 PM   #6
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Wifes clutch is making the same noise. 2011 WRX with 83k miles on it, and was told its the TOB.

Hopefully it makes it another year as I just swapped the engine in my STi and dont feel like taking another Ej out haha
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Old 07-29-2020, 05:45 PM   #7
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Ill post the video on YouTube later and link it here to show yall the sound but thanks for the help appreciate it
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Old 07-29-2020, 06:42 PM   #8
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if you choose to replace bearing you should replace clutch assmy
(disk/pressure plate/throwout bearing/pilot bearing)
reason for this is part $45 noisy throwout bearing $1000 labor
$500 clutch assmy $1000 labor

now I was in college once and had ZERO money
mine would squeal unless I just 'rested' my foot on the clutch pedal
there is an adjustment on the clutch pedal 'throw' (under dash)
you can adjust the pedal throw so squeal doesn't occur
however
this is a quick fix....not a fix
don't be a Loadie and think this Q fix solves the problem

start saving up for a new clutch
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If you get a metallic/squealing bearing noise at idle that goes away with light pressure, you need to adjust the rod under the dash that's connected to the clutch pedal with linkage. The issue is the release bearing has pressure on it. Just a little, making the bearing skip, creating this noise. Backing off the adjustment will give the release bearing room to move back off of the diaphragm spring in the pressure plate.

AliBenn is right more than he knows...its actually a long term legit fix.
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Old 07-29-2020, 11:03 PM   #10
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If you get a metallic/squealing bearing noise at idle that goes away with light pressure, you need to adjust the rod under the dash that's connected to the clutch pedal with linkage. The issue is the release bearing has pressure on it. Just a little, making the bearing skip, creating this noise. Backing off the adjustment will give the release bearing room to move back off of the diaphragm spring in the pressure plate.

AliBenn is right more than he knows...its actually a long term legit fix.
I wish that was the issue but Im definitely going to have to replace the clutch assembly because the problem is when the clutch pedal is pressed down all the way on a cold start
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Old 07-30-2020, 12:28 AM   #11
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If you get a metallic/squealing bearing noise at idle that goes away with light pressure, you need to adjust the rod under the dash that's connected to the clutch pedal with linkage. The issue is the release bearing has pressure on it. Just a little, making the bearing skip, creating this noise. Backing off the adjustment will give the release bearing room to move back off of the diaphragm spring in the pressure plate.

AliBenn is right more than he knows...its actually a long term legit fix.
Ha!
Thanks U.!

I remember waaaay back.
Had tht totally embarrassing noise
Adjusted pedal linkage and was good till my RS started slipping in 5th gear, maybe 1k after the pedal adjustment
I saved up for a badass ACT clutch bc it was yellow u know
Lasted for 15k miles
Now penniless, bought used OE clutch (low miles) from a member for $40
That thing lasted 60k miles!
(New bearings mind you)
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