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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-12-2001, 12:39 PM
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rattleing clutch? long drive tomorrow?any worries?

84cj7- my brothers. he is drivng home from gettysburg to Long Island tomorrow.
he has a chevy 350 with a t4 tranny. the cluch seems to rattle in the bellhousing.(im guessing). the noise dissapears when i rest my foot on the clutch. or if the clutch is completely depressed. once released the rattleing comes back. i just want to make sure he wont have problems tomorrow. he isn't car savvy. is this something to worry about? thanks

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Re: rattleing clutch? long drive tomorrow?any worries?

I'd be worried...

The input shaft bearing may be dying.
The throwout bearing may be dying.
A clutch spring(s) may be broken.

If you're going to attempt the trip I'd suggest not stopping too often... and have a few tools and parts to change the throw out bearing, or clutch, if needed.

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Since its a T4 it probably has the mechanical linkage with a bellcrank. Are you sure the linkage isn't just worn and rattling. The rods wear at the ends and the bellcrank holes end up elongated.

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Re: rattleing clutch? long drive tomorrow?any worries?

it is a mechanical linkage, i wont tell my brother to be worried..hed be calling me every fifteen minutes. hopefully it is just the lose linkage.
we'll find out when he comes home.
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thats awesome! haha, what he doesn't know can't hurt him? I just hope you don't get stuck driving out to meet him to fix his broken rig at some broken down truck stop...best of luck! BTW: been there with the T-4 tranny and chevy 350, good luck with that too ; )

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Re: rattleing clutch? long drive tomorrow?any worries?

I had a similar sound coming from my bellhousing. It was mechanical and there was a little spring that held the clutch arm against the pivot point. It broke and the arm made a rattling noise against the pivot until you put a little pressure on it. That could be it if the clutch seems to be operating normally.

But a 350 and a T-4 don't usually make for a bulletproof combo ;o)


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Re: rattleing clutch? long drive tomorrow?any worries?

My guess is throw out bearing . I personally wouldnt drive a long ways with that issue .
We should all get together and make a map of North America and point out where we(those willing to participate) all live , then that way if one of us has mechanical problems , you know someone is there to help you out .
eg. I would be listed in the North West Washington area and if say for example sake , Leve was in the area and broke down , he knows I would be there to help out .I know there is a wide network here of helpful people . I would be more than happy to help anyone of you out with a warm garage and a helping hand if you broke down in my area .
Ok , I`m home today and I`m bored. I`m waiting for the paint on my homemade bumper to dry so I can finally mount it on the Jeep . YEEHAA !!



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Re: rattleing clutch? long drive tomorrow?any worries?

Jeff... that's a GREAT idea... I like it! I'm going to start looking for maping and db software that may do the trick... (freeware of course!)

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CJ8er - I'll jump in here, your brother will be traveling close to me, I live in Hershey, Pa, I am assuming that he will be coming up Rt15 and I-81 to get to I-78 to go home, if he does have problems in that area I would be willing to help out, if you want that safety net email me at [email protected] and I will give you my cell phone number. I am off work tomorrow and will be working on my house so it will be no big deal if I need to help out. I dont have a garage to do any major work but at the very least we can get his Jeep to my house and give him a place to hang until you can pick him up and somewhere to keep the Jeep until he can get it picked up or fixed. Like I said, email me and let me know and I am also for the map and data base for people to turn to for help, sign me up for the Harrisburg/ Hershey area of Pa, hopefully by spring I will even have a trailer to help out with mechanically challenged Jeeps. I wish him the best of luck on his trip home.

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Re: rattleing clutch? long drive tomorrow?any worries?

You know Larry , my "great" ideas are few and far between[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] but I really like the sounds of this one . We could post the DB/Mapping info on http://www.shortwheelbase.com or something . If you know how to run/compile a DB I`ll help you any way I can . Let me know what you think . We might want to make a seperate post on this issue and bounce this by everyone .

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