I drive a 1988 Mazda RX-7 non-turbo 5spd.
The previous owner claims the clutch was done last July(little under a year ago) and I have no reason to doubt such claims. I do believe the clutch release bearing was not installed correctly. When the clutch is not pushed in, there is a spaceship kind of noise(almost the noise a EV makes when accelerating). When I accelerate there is the same noise. However, when I put the clutch in the noise goes near silent. It gets louder the higher the RPM when in neutral.
I am no mechanic, however after some searching on the internet it seems to be the clutch release/throwout bearing. I am pretty tight on money so I would like to hold back on the repair as long as possible without causing any serious damage. I can imagine that I would be racking up the labor costs and I am not equipped to do the job myself.
The question is, what happens if the clutch release bearing completely fails? Will there be collateral damage to anything else or will I just find myself unable to shift?