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Suzuki Swift Clutch

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Kev880

Original Poster:

41 posts

63 months

Monday 9th October
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My daughters 06 Swift has done just over 80000 miles, there is a far bit of noise which goes away when you press the clutch pedal and sometimes it can be a job and a bit balky when you Put in 1st gear and change on the move, are these signs of the clutch needing to be replaced? or a gearbox problem?
Kevin.

GreenV8S

24,744 posts

206 months

Monday 9th October
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The noise may be the clutch release bearing. Balky going into gear is probably a worn synchromesh in the gearbox although it might just be that the clutch isn't releasing fully - especially if the biting point is very low.

Kev880

Original Poster:

41 posts

63 months

Monday 9th October
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Oh,it could be something simple like the clutch or expensive like the gearbox?

Little Pete

263 posts

16 months

Monday 9th October
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When you press the clutch pedal the gearbox stops turning so the noise will be gearbox bearing(s). The problem with the gears could be down to the oil being contaminated with bearing swarf or it could be clutch drag, but it would be best practise to replace the clutch whilst the ‘box was out, eliminating it anyway.

Edited by Little Pete on Monday 9th October 20:51

Martin350

2,689 posts

117 months

Tuesday 10th October
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My first guess would be that the release bearing is tired and making the noise and that the clutch could be past its best.

Although, on several occasions I have known clutch fluid to go 'off' as it were causing the hydraulics to not function correctly.

Assuming it is a hydraulic clutch, I would check the colour of the fluid in the reservoir.
If it's a nice golden yellowy colour it's probably fine, if it's more like cola, change it!
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Little Pete

263 posts

16 months

Tuesday 10th October
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The clutch release bearing is not under any load until the pedal is pressed, so the noise would start when the pedal was pressed, not stop.

GreenV8S

24,744 posts

206 months

Tuesday 10th October
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Little Pete said:
When you press the clutch pedal the gearbox stops turning so the noise will be gearbox bearing(s).
Only if you fully release the clutch and the vehicle is stationary or in neutral. I don't think we have been told whether that's the case here.

Little Pete

263 posts

16 months

Tuesday 10th October
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GreenV8S said:
Only if you fully release the clutch and the vehicle is stationary or in neutral. I don't think we have been told whether that's the case here.
Good point.