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My clutch pedal squeaks on its way in and out. I was hoping it was the pedal itself, but when I got under the car it sounded like it's coming from under the engine, where I presume the clutch is located.

The car is a 2003 Civic sedan.

  • Does this happen both when the engine is running and when it is not? – CharlieRB Jul 14 '17 at 15:44
  • @CharlieRB Further investigation required. Will try to get back to you soon. – Mathieu K. Jul 14 '17 at 17:08
  • @CharlieRB so much for 'soon'--sorry! Turns out it was happening with the engine running and not, and with the transmission in neutral and in gear. I believe I've fixed it (temporarily) by WD40-ing the rod the goes from the clutch pedal through to the engine compartment. I'm guessing it's supposed to be a fairly tight fit, but it's not any more--possibly from many winters of salty boots. I'll probably white-lithium-grease it if the WD40 proves to be a good temporary fix. There's some squeaking still coming from somewhere farther away from the driver's seat, so I may have more to do. – Mathieu K. Aug 7 '17 at 3:39
  • Check the slave cylinder where the cable mounts into the boot. After I changed mine, I forgot to lube the cable ball and now its squeaks when actuating the clutch. :) – finleyarcher Sep 6 '17 at 22:57
  • Try to remove the slave cylinder from the clutch and put some grease on the tip of the cylinder. That solved my clutch squeak! (different car though) – gOldie_E36 Dec 5 '17 at 9:29
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The squeak.. if not from the pedal, cable or clutch slave cylinder is likely from either the clutch cover fingers or release bearing/return spring. Whilst the squeak itself is not likely a serious issue. If the clutch has been installed for a long time it could be a sign that it is becoming worn and the squeaking perhaps down to the amount of clutch dust in the bell housing/clutch casing. If the clutch is working well though, no slipping or stiffness in the pedal operation etc, I would just monitor the squeak.. If it becomes more noticeable or changes in some way then its time to have mechanism/clutch inspected.

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In my case (different car, though), the culprit was the clutch fork rubbing against a nearby metal part, probably the casing. (Clutch fork is the lever sticking out of the gearbox which is pushed by the clutch slave cylinder).

After I removed the clutch fork boot and sprayed some lubricant inside, the clutch pedal became silent and easier operated, too.

You may find this video useful.

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