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Had new clutch/bearing etc, replaced a few years ago but at tickckover the bearing makes a grating noise as it slightly touches the fingers on the pressure plate. If I press the clutch pedal very gently, the noise stops as the bearing is pulled back a tad. Is it possible/safe to put a spring on the slave cylinder to pull the arm back?

 

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You 'press' the pedal lightly? That will push the bearing forward the fingers. Not away.

There should be no hassle with adding a spring. You need to make sure that it can handle the full travel of the clutch arm so that it doesn't overstretch. It might increase the pressure you need to exert on the pedal as well. 

All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

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Yeah, resting foot lightly on pedal, not pushing it down at all, and the noise stops. Clutch works/feels fine, just bloody annoying noise when ticking over, seems worse when engine cold for some reason. Never had this happen on any other car, dunno why happens on the Esprit..

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I have the same on my Stevens. I was thinking of pulling the box just to change the bearing. Pain in the ass to listen to... 

Vanya Stanisavljevic '91 Esprit SE | '97 XK8

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Uhmm....  If you put a spring on to retract the thrust bearing off the pressure cover then you will have a soft spot on the top of your clutch peddle when you take up the slack . You will also generate less travel in the disengagement and may introduce clutch drag...   It mat be better to do it correct and whip it out and fit new..  While at it check the pressure cover springs to see if they are uniform .  I have known some go soft and cause an uneven surface which in turn causes the bearing to chatter at low rpm. This is more common with after market clutches...  

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Yeah,  if only it was as easy as whipping it out! GST done all the work before, so best I have words.. 

3 minutes ago, gvy said:

I dont know about the turbo esprit, but S1, S2 and S2.2 have a spring:

Part 7 spring, between part 10 (attached to part 5 clutchfork) and the bellhousing ( see picture below) 

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Hey Geert, thats what mean! Strange that the S3 turbo doesn't appear to have the spring.. makes sense to have one.

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Indeed strange?

Did you regulate play with part 023 and  024 in your picture? I had this noise in the past, but it could be regulated with setting the correct play.

On my S2.2 that is part9

 

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24 minutes ago, gvy said:

Indeed strange?

Did you regulate play with part 023 and  024 in your picture? I had this noise in the past, but it could be regulated with setting the correct play.

On my S2.2 that is part9

 

No ' I haven't adjusted anything yet as I assumed that GST would have done this already, but think you are right Geert, reckon it's worth a go!

6 minutes ago, gvy said:

I dont know about the turbo esprit, but S1, S2 and S2.2 have a spring:

Part 7 spring, between part 10 (attached to part 5 clutchfork) and the bellhousing ( see picture below) 

QA.gif

 

image.png.8fa31382120139d20a492eb95caea3d2.png

Hey Geert, thats what mean! Strange that the S3 turbo doesn't appear to have the spring.. makes sense to have one.

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Chris, how did you get away with that noise? I have had the same noise while idling and currently have my engine out (gearbox is still in the car). Would be a good oportunity to figure that out.

 

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I hope so. Got the bearing from Harry Martens, so that should be right, as pressure plate I had bought a "LUK 122 0035 10 D 215". Same as in Elite/Eclat and obviously Triumph 2000.

It had worked fine for quite a while. Just lately, before I dismanteled head and block, I had a squeeky metalic-noise coming from the clutch area. I´d say the bearing still feels good when I turn it. That sound was also somehow different to a typical singing bearing.

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I've had this on my '85 turbo as well. It was a squeaking at idle and with a tiny bit of pressure on the clutch pedal it stopped, release the pressure and it returned. It was a squeak between the clutch fork and release bearing collar. I managed to get a few drops of thick oil though a tube inserted through the clutch fork hole into the right area and it was gone. I could make it happen simply by moving the clutch fork with my hand and the squeak was there with the engine off.

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Noise is still there, does piss me off somewhat as shouldn't be there!! Gerald at GST done all the work in the first place and tried to sort it out but still does it. Guess if you want a good job done properly then maybe just do it yourself, at least you know what has been done?.

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