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Clutch Release Bearing

The clutch release bearing—commonly referred to as the "throw out" bearing—pushes on the pressure plate to disengage the clutch.

Symptoms of Wear or Failure

  • Abnormal noise when clutch pedal is depressed

Related Repair Advice

  • Some newer vehicles combine the clutch release bearing and slave cylinder into a single unit. In this case, it is necessary to remove the transmission to replace the slave cylinder.
  • The release bearing should be replaced whenever the clutch assembly is replaced
  • Incorrect linkage/cable adjustment or "riding" the clutch (resting one's foot on the clutch pedal, not allowing the clutch to release completely) can cause premature release bearing failure

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