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Clutch "creaking" Sound. Help!

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A new sound has started and I'm hoping others have experienced this and resolved the issue.


when I depress (and release) the clutch pedal, I hear and feel a distinct creaking as the release bearing engages/disengages.  If I use the clutch quickly it is less evident.


I have recently rebuilt the transmission, pedal box and clutch hydraulics, but I've inspected the pedal box and the sound is definitely not eminating from there.  It sounds and feels like it's coming from the pressure plate.


Release bearing is also quiet.


Experience? Advice? Opinions?


Thanks for reading and replying.  Cheers.

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Can you tell if the creaking sound is coming from the clutch area or from inside the car?  The easiest thing to try is lubricating the clutch pedal where it (1) pivots on its shaft and (2) where the clutch M/C pushrod is connected to the pedal.  The pedal has a plastic bushing on the shaft end, and if it's worn down to the metal, it'll creak.  Oil will shut it up for awhile, but eventually you'll need to pull the pedal pivot shaft and replace the bushings. 


If that's not it, the problem may be in the plastic piece that the throwout bearing shaft pivots on.  That's not so easy to fix...



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4- speed, I hope-


Grease the slave- to- throwout arm pivot, as Mike suggests.  And you have to spread the joint a bit

to get grease to spooge in there.


94% chance that's it.  It's a classic.



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I rebuilt the pedal box during the Winter and just inspected it.  All is well.


I greased all pivot points for the throw out arm.  I will re-do the slave-to-throwout arm pivot once more. 


I've just learned that I should have replaced the pressure plate, probably once during the life of the car. It comes in a clutch kit ( release bearing, clutch plate and pressure plate $420.)  I was told that the springs get weak and tired, hence the creaking.


I know that it is the original pressure plate, but the clutch plate has been replaced at least once.  I'm almost certain that the sound is coming from the pressure plate.

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Im pretty sure it's the pivot at the end of the slave. Mine creaks too. I just got use to it... 

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