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The noise goes away if I add a little gas or depress the clutch This is a classic symptom of a bad throwout bearing.


Sounds like it's possibly involved with the transmission and/or clutch. But first, I would check all the heat shielding on the car to make sure that's not a factor. When the transmission is engaged (when the clutch is not depressed) it can cause some NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) that will cause nearby heat shields to rattle and make it sound like a ...


My brother said that it ended up being the timing belt; he assumes it was broken teeth. He didn't really care why because he only needed it fixed enough to pass a "cash for clunkers" program.

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