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Old 01-17-2013, 10:53 PM   #1
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Clutch noises

Well my clutch in my 2002 GT Mustang with about 84k miles started doing strange things intermittently a month or two ago. I'm pretty sure the clutch was changed at around 50k miles, I bought the car at 78k miles. It was fine for the first month or so that I had it.

First it started intermittently feel strange and make a slight noise while being pushed that would go away once pushed all the way in or let all the way out.

It's been getting worse now to the point where it always very loudly makes a noise while being pushed in, pushed all the way in, and sometimes when its not pushed in at all. Like a scrapping terrible noise that is very noticeable to everyone.

What are the potential problems and possible fixes for this problem?

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Old 01-17-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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Sound like a throw out bearing. When you replace it you should use the ford racing bearings. They usually hold up a little better. While you're there, I would replace the pilot bearing and the clutch too.
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Sound like a throw out bearing. When you replace it you should use the ford racing bearings. They usually hold up a little better. While you're there, I would replace the pilot bearing and the clutch too.
It seems like there's more too it than that from the snooping around I've been doing online.

Do you think replacing the pilot bearing and clutch itself are going help with this problem at all or are just something I should consider while I have the chance?
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I guess if the clutch was changed at 50k miles you might be fine. I would definitely change the bearing though. The only problem is that the pilot bearing is behind the clutch. The bearing is cheap, its just the time to do it will suck for just a bearing. If it was an OEM replacement clutch I would upgrade to at least a stage 1 clutch. That's just how I feel though.

I would bet that your main problem is the TOB. When mine went, the peddle felt strange. The pressure would change randomly. When I got it out, it wasn't even a bearing anymore. It's up to you if you want to replace the other stuff. I would hope that when they put in the clutch, they replaced the pilot bearing also. They could have used one of the bearings in the clutch kits too. I head some bad stories about those, that's why I use the Ford racing bearings.
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Do you know what kind of clutch was installed? Do you have paperwork showing it was done? About 80% of clutch issues in these cars are the throw out bearing. I just changed my clutch and my tob was horrible looking.
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