2008 Toyota Tacoma 4 cyl Four Wheel Drive Manual 45000 miles
My clutch squeaks outside my truck, especially after a rainstorm. The dealership says it squeaks at the pivot ball/bearing because the grease keeps getting washed away so they will replace these parts under warranty; previous attempts to re-lubricate have failed. This squeaking has been going on for about 30,000 miles.
However, I have noticed another " screech" from the clutch when starting in first gear from a stop on a hill (or incline/ramp). It seems to get worse in the cold. Both problems have been around for about a year now, but the screech is getting louder. Also, a month ago I was backing out of a flat parking spot, shifted into first to go forward and it popped out of gear (isolated incident but could be related?).
The dealership thinks the screeching is just the clutch plate and thinks that it could even be " normal". However, having already put 45,000 miles on it, they recommend that I replace my old clutch while they are replacing the squeaky bearing/bushing (under warranty) so the labor would be free. Essentially I would get a new clutch for the cost of the clutch parts. Sounds like a great deal right? However, Toyota clutches are known for their longevity, and it doesn't FEEL like I need a new clutch yet. Could the worn clutch symptoms really be because of the worn ball joint/bearing? Could the worn joint/bearing have caused the clutch to prematurely wear out? Should I make the dealership buy a new clutch if they find that it is significantly worn out?
Thursday, October 21st, 2010 AT 6:40 PM