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Old 10-28-2018, 02:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Zuki has been sitting for 3 months and the clutch worked fine when I parked it (due to starter problem which is now solved). While sitting the shifters for the tranny and transfer case were moved around to teach someone how to shift, but I don't think that is related to this new problem. The engine starts right up and runs well but when I press the clutch all the way to the floor it makes a loud grinding noise that I can feel. If I release the pedal a small amount the noise goes away and it shifts as expected. Once I got the feel for it I was able to drive without any grinding but if I forget and press the pedal all the way down the loud grinding is back.

Edit: While she was sitting I did pull the starter, clean it up, and put it back on. But I can't think of any connection between that and the grinding noise I'm getting.

Any thoughts other than a throwout bearing? What seems strange to me is that it worked fine last time I drove it and now it has this horrible loud grinding noise.

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I was reminded that the last few starts before putting the Zuki in the garage were done by popping the clutch. Anyone think the added stress of that type of start could have damaged one of the bearings?
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Your issue is most likely throwout bearing related.
Pilot bushing is another possibility, but rare.
Is the clutch pedal adjusted to specs?
Another remote possibility that can easily be checked is crankshaft end play.
Have you checked how much end play movement there is in the crankshaft?
I've seen worn thrust bearings allow the flywheel to move enough when the clutch is depressed for it to hit the bell housing, starter, block, etc.
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Have you checked how much end play movement there is in the crankshaft?
I have not. Please tell me what to do and I'll check it.
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