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    Sound when clutch goes in and car comes to a stop?

    Ford Fiesta. 2006. When coming to a stop and the clutch goes in there's a sound coming from the engine. A sort of regular tck tck tck tck sound. Once you set off and let the clutch out it goes away.

    Anyone any idea what that might be?

    Timing belt likely needs changing in near future but would that be it?

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    Re: Sound when clutch goes in and car comes to a stop?

    Hard to say from the description, any chance you could get a vid or sound clip?
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    Re: Sound when clutch goes in and car comes to a stop?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonj1611 View Post
    Hard to say from the description, any chance you could get a vid or sound clip?
    Maybe not. Considering a few used cars and this is one of them. Took it for a test drive. Drove fine. All else went well, just that noise when coming to a stop.

    The guy had it serviced recently and was told the timing belt would likely need replacing soon and would make a noise. But I don't know enough about cars to know if that's what it is or something else.
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    Re: Sound when clutch goes in and car comes to a stop?

    I don't know of any car that would start making a sound because the timing belt needed to be changed soon.

    If the clutch was on the way out you would normally feel it slipping. It could be the thrust bearing but not sure if thats the type of sound it makes, normally when that is going its a whirring sound but as it seems to happens to change with the clutch could be bearing. Either way its still a gearbox out job and if you have come that far might as well get the clutch changed.

    Without hearing the sound its really hard to say. So many sounds from an engine! I have chased several on my car over the last year resulting in a new gearbox and a new balance chain!
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    Re: Sound when clutch goes in and car comes to a stop?

    It is not the timing belt. They usually only make a very loud noise at the point of failure.

    It is an odd noise for a clutch, they usually don't make a noise when worn. Usual symptom is if you put the car in a high gear and floor it the clutch slips so the revs go up without the road speed increasing.

    It could be that the clutch is literally falling apart.

    I wouldn't be buying that car, not without something like an RAC inspection to get an idea of what it is.

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    Re: Sound when clutch goes in and car comes to a stop?

    Quote Originally Posted by Galant View Post
    Maybe not. Considering a few used cars and this is one of them. Took it for a test drive. Drove fine. All else went well, just that noise when coming to a stop.

    The guy had it serviced recently and was told the timing belt would likely need replacing soon and would make a noise. But I don't know enough about cars to know if that's what it is or something else.
    Why would you even consider buying this car? Short of it being vastly cheaper than other similar cars so possibly worth the risk. Used cars are a risky enough buy when there are no obvious faults at purchase. If it was something simple and cheap to fix, why didn't the previous owner fix it before advertising
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    Re: Sound when clutch goes in and car comes to a stop?

    Quote Originally Posted by badass View Post
    Why would you even consider buying this car? Short of it being vastly cheaper than other similar cars so possibly worth the risk. Used cars are a risky enough buy when there are no obvious faults at purchase. If it was something simple and cheap to fix, why didn't the previous owner fix it before advertising
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    Re: Sound when clutch goes in and car comes to a stop?

    Thanks for your input guys.

    Truth is, decisions like this one come rather difficult to me. Hate the whole process. I don't know anywhere near enough about cars. Had I the money to just throw at something it would obviously be easier but I'm one quite the limited budget for a car right now. It'll be used for town-hopping more than anything. The rest of that Fiesta looked to be in decent condition, so didn't want to rule it out if it were just the matter of something cheap and easy to fix.

    Alternatives right now are a 2006 Polo, automatic transmission, 84k miles, or Honda Accord, 2004, 66.5k miles.

    The Honda is bigger than I was thinking of. Been a while since I drove something that wasn't a hatchback. Parking could be a pain where I live or for the sort of driving I'm doing. Then again, I've heard that automatics might not enjoy the stop start and hills around here either...
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    Re: Sound when clutch goes in and car comes to a stop?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonj1611 View Post
    I don't know of any car that would start making a sound because the timing belt needed to be changed soon.

    If the clutch was on the way out you would normally feel it slipping. It could be the thrust bearing but not sure if thats the type of sound it makes, normally when that is going its a whirring sound but as it seems to happens to change with the clutch could be bearing. Either way its still a gearbox out job and if you have come that far might as well get the clutch changed.

    Without hearing the sound its really hard to say. So many sounds from an engine! I have chased several on my car over the last year resulting in a new gearbox and a new balance chain!
    Pretty sure you hit the nail on the head, if the sound is present with the clutch depressed and not when the clutch is up idling in neutral its likely to be the clutch release bearing on its way out, its a gearbox out job, the part is next to nothing in cost but the labour will run into the hundreds.

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    Re: Sound when clutch goes in and car comes to a stop?

    As others have said, possibly the clutch release bearing. Either way, walk away.

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    Re: Sound when clutch goes in and car comes to a stop?

    For what it's worth, and I'm sure this is just common sense, but took a look at a second vehicle, a VW Polo, that looked to be in decent condition. Seemed to be quite a positive opportunity, paid for a garage to give it the once over and let me know - found multiple issues that while not horrific, all together made it a bad investment. £60 well spent.

    I'm not a car guy. I don't have any friends who are mechanics. So getting someone to go over it is well, well worth it. Especially at £60. Peace of mind. Even if I had decided not to go ahead anyway, would have maybe faced the niggling doubt that I let a good opportunity slip through my hands/paranoia.

    It's always better to be sure.

    Like I said, common sense, and obvious, but I'm not someone who's bought a lot of cars, so the reality of all this is just fresh before me right now. Thought I'd share.
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    Re: Sound when clutch goes in and car comes to a stop?

    General problem with second hand cars is people generally don't get rid of them because they are perfect. You kind of need to find the reason.

    If people know they aren't keeping a car much longer they tend to skimp on maintenance as well.

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