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Old 13th May 2016, 07:29 AM
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My ultra reliable MY03 Forester may not be so for a lot longer.
When starting motor from cold there is, what can only be described as, a light singing or squeaking sound from the front, ie in front of me in driver`s seat. It goes when clutch is depressed so presumably not thrust bearing. Noise is there, but not obtrusive, until motor, and gearbox, is warm when all is silent.
Gearbox bearings perhaps?
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Old 13th May 2016, 09:27 AM
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Last year I had a light squeaky noise which instantly stopped when clutch was pressed and then slowly wound up once foot was off clutch. Both my thrust bearing and spigot bearing were flogged out. Replacing these stopped the noise.

From my understanding (this may not be correct) when the thrust bearing first starts to go, it makes a small squeak when not under load as it is a bit loose, then pressing the clutch puts load on it, stopping the loose effect, stopping the noise. Once the thrust bearing gets worse it makes a louder squeaking noise only when under load, which is when you put your foot on the clutch.
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Old 14th May 2016, 08:46 PM
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Hi Red,
Your logic seems ok.
Thrust bearings seem only good for maybe, 150000 kms.
I`ve replaced two in my 340000 kms, last at 215000, so it may be due again.
I remember many years ago a mate and I both had Renault 10s. These cars used , carbon block, thrust bearings almost as consumables. Can`t remember how long they lasted but they were very cheap and we could replace them in both cars in a morning. Engine out, replace bearing, engine back.
Drove yesterday and little, if any noise. Very faint at its worst usually.
I`ll keep driving and observe progress and maybe bite the bullet and seek professional advice.
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Water crossings can destroy these bearings
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Old 15th May 2016, 04:40 AM
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Haven`t been in deep(ish) water since Cape York in, about, 2008. Before last thrust bearing change.
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I had a similiar thing with a Datsun 1600 years ago. One of the diaphragm fingers had collapsed. Eventually it took the bearing as well.
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Old 11th June 2016, 02:18 AM
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The saga continues.
My trusty mechanic called in on both Weds and Thurs mornings on his way to work to hear my mysterious singing noise.
Of course nothing untoward at all, no noise, and so it has been since....
Hate these come and go potential problems. Obviously something is amiss but until it appears again I`ll just keep driving.
As the local SCC has cancelled the proposed Simpson crossing in July we shall now go to Perth. Before then I shall make a pilgrimage across to the S coast of NSW. The reasoning is that breaking down somewhere along the various NSW hwys is preferable to breaking down on the Nullabor somewhere.
If that noise does not appear then I`ll chance it to Perth.
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Old 11th June 2016, 02:26 AM
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Impressive how just the mere presence of a mechanic can fix a car, without him even having to touch it. Trouble is, I find their repairs to be only temporary.....
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Yeah, it`ll appear again soon enough.
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Incredible.
Just did a quick 3000+ kms return to the east coast and still no noise.
Off to Perth next week so here`s hoping........
Strange car mine. Some time ago I had a "lazy" synchro on the 4th to 5th up change which required a slight hold in neutral before pushing into 5th. It disappeared about a year ago and has not yet reappeared.
Something has to happen soon. Hopefully not halfway across the Nullabor.

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