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Old 30 Dec 2012, 08:47 am
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Default Is it normal for cable clutches to make a noise when depressed?

I own a 1999 Honda HR-V sport that's done slightly more than 180,000 Ks, so a fair bit!

Today I noticed that when the clutch is being depressed (pushed in) a little squeaky noise can be heard! Is this normal as the car uses a cable clutch instead of a hydraulic clutch?

Any suggestions?
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Old 30 Dec 2012, 09:07 am
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That normal because it's hydraulic
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Old 30 Dec 2012, 09:20 am
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your the one who is driving the car is this something new? and if so are there any other new things that go along with it such as being difficult to get into first or reverse or the clutch will creep a little even when depressed fully at a light or stop sign. OR even slipping in the higher gears these are signs of clutch wear and tear. How long have you had the car and how many miles are on the clutch now? one quick way to tell if the clutch is still ok is put it in third gear while stopped and let the clutch out and hit the gas. Try to get the car to take off in third or fourth by slipping the clutch a little and hitting the gas. If the clutch slips like hell and does not stall its getting tired. If it stalls you still have some clutch left and it should last a little while longer. DONTSMOKE THECLUTCH TRYING TO START IN A HIGHER GEAR JUST TRY IT ONCE OR TWICE TO SEE IF IT STALLS OR SLIPS. if you get a clutch too hot it does not work right anyway.
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Old 30 Dec 2012, 09:35 am
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I could be totally mistaken by no Honda car that I know of has a cabled clutch. All are hydraulic. Get your owners manual and find where the master cylinder is for the clutch and top it off with brake fluid. Then, if you can comprehend what Roger is saying and can do it without overheating your clutch, do it. More than likely, the fork that moves the throwout bearing is squeaking and unless it is so loud it hurts your ears, don't worry about it. However, with 180,000 miles it may just be time for a clutch.

Edit: Since this vehicle is not sold in the United States, I respectfully wish to withdraw my statement.
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Old 30 Dec 2012, 09:50 am
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Try some lubricant (silicone spray is good) on the pivot point where the cable attaches to the clutch pedal. That's a good place to keep lubricated anyway. I neglected the pivot point in a Mitsubishi many years ago and the cable flexed so much it broke at the pedal.
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Old 30 Dec 2012, 10:01 am
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Yes you are correct ron, the throwout only makes noise when your pushing on the pedal, the rest of the time it doesnt have pressure on it. For those that dont know, when you push on the clutch pedal the slave cylinder pushes on the fork, which acts as a lever that pushes on the throwout bearing, causing the pressure plate fingers to release the clutch disc. Thus the throwout bearing is under pressure during this, which can cause the squealing noise, but definitely not a grinding noise.

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