Chirping noise at idle, stops when clutch is in

  • 4.6L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • 133,000 MILES
I have the car listed above GT. It has a chirping sound when it’s idling and it will go away once the clutch is in. The sound is coming from around the clutch area I would assume. The car drives and shifts just fine. Today I went to look under the hood while the car was on. It then sounded like someone was in the car trying to rev it and sounds like a cool cam, which the car is not cammed. It then stalls. I went back and stated it up, it stayed well for 10 secs then stalled again, I then tried to see what would happen if I put it in first while still in place and it stalled again but it was 3 seconds that time and it keep doing that at random seconds each time it would idle. Drives fine though. What would be the problem?
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Thursday, November 26th, 2020 AT 3:49 PM

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I'm not sure what to answer. LOL Is it running properly again? As far as the chirping, that is usually caused by a worn release bearing.

To replace it requires removal of the transmission. Here are the directions. The attached pics correlate with the directions.


1999 Ford Mustang GT V8-4.6L SOHC VIN X
Vehicle Transmission and Drivetrain Manual Transmission/Transaxle Service and Repair Procedures T45 Removal
1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
2. Remove the gearshift lever.
3. Raise and support the vehicle on a hoist.

Pic 1

4. Remove the rear driveshaft.
5. Remove the dual converter H-pipe.

Pic 2

6. Disconnect the backup lamp switch electrical connector.
7. Remove the starter motor.

Pic 3

8. Disconnect the OSS connector. Disconnect the wiring harness from the transmission.

Pic 4

9. Remove the clutch release lever cover.

Pic 5

10. CAUTION: To prevent damage, do not depress the clutch pedal while the transmission is removed.

Disengage the clutch release cable from the clutch release fork.

Pic 6

11. Remove the clutch cable retainer and remove the clutch cable from the transmission.
12. If transmission disassembly is required, drain the transmission fluid.

Pic 7

13. Position a transmission jack and support the transmission.

Pic 8

14. Remove the bolts.

Pic 9

15. Remove the transmission crossmember.

Pic 10

16. Remove the bolts.

Pic 11

17. Lower the transmission and remove the five bolts.


Release bearing instructions:

1999 Ford Mustang GT V8-4.6L SOHC VIN X
Vehicle Transmission and Drivetrain Clutch Clutch Release Bearing Service and Repair Procedures
1. Raise and support the vehicle.
2. Remove the transmission.

Pic 12

3. Remove the clutch release lever and the clutch release hub and bearing.

Pic 13

4. Remove the clutch release hub and bearing.


1. Note: Clutch release hub and bearings are prelubricated and require no additional lubrication.

To install, reverse the removal procedure.


1999 Ford Mustang GT V8-4.6L SOHC VIN X
Vehicle Transmission and Drivetrain Manual Transmission/Transaxle Service and Repair Procedures T45 Installation
1. Install the clutch release hub and bearing and the clutch release lever.
2. Position the transmission on the transmission jack.

Pic 14

3. Raise and position the transmission.

Pic 15

4. Install the seven bolts.

Pic 16

5. Install the engine plate bolts.

Pic 17

6. Install the rear insulator and the rear support and bolts.

Pic 18

7. Connect the clutch release cable.

Pic 19

8. Install the clutch cable retaining ring.
9. Install the clutch release arm cover.

Pic 20

10. Connect the backup lamp switch and position the wiring Harness.

Pic 21

11. Connect the OSS connector.
12. Install the starter motor.
13. Install the dual converter H-pipe.

Pic 22

14. Position the driveshaft in the transmission and install the four bolts.
15. Fill the transmission with 2.6L (5.6 pt) of Motorcraft MERCON(R) Multi-Purpose Transmission Fluid XT-2-QDX or equivalent meeting MARCON(R) specification.
16. Lower the vehicle. Install the gearshift lever.
17. Connect the battery ground cable.


I hope this helps. Let me know if you have other questions.

Take care,
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