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Why would your car make a loud whining noise that disappears when you press the clutch?

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2005-02-01 20:39:10
2005-02-01 20:39:10

It would sound like the throw out bearing is bad.. That is usually replaced with the clutch and pressure plate. The throw out bearing applies pressure to the pressure plate and releases the clutch disc. When not applied, the bearing spins freely, and a noise would indicate a dry bearing.

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