HOW TO FIX SQUEAKY CLUTCH
by Christian Fiore
I was in my engine bay today, re-lubing the shifter mechanism (started to squeak again), and while I was shifting through the gears, I noticed I had the squeaky clutch problem (usually associated with a damaged throwout/release bearing). Needless to say, I was quite unhappy. I tried spraying everything that had exposed hinges down there just in case, but that didn't stop the squeaking.
Then I tried pushing on the hinge connected to the throwout bearing. It was kinda hard to push, but with a little effort, it moved. There was also a swooshing fluid-like sound (kinda like when you're low on coolant, but a lot quieter). The swooshing sound went away in three or four pushes.
I jumped back in the car after a few more pushes, and the squeaky clutch was 99% gone! I pressed it in a good 20-30 more times to make sure, and the loud squeak didn't come back. There was still a very quiet squeak in the background when I pushed the clutch in very slowly, but you'd never hear it when the engine is on.
It may be only temporary, who knows, but for now it saved me an annoying trip to the dealership.