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