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Well, I have been hearing a noise coming from what I think is the front of my car. I just wrote it off as a loose heat shield, but took it to a shop today and all the heat shields/exhaust components are nice and tight. The funny thing is it happens only when:
1)Clutch is not engaged(pedal is not down) and sitting idle
2)Car is moving slowly while in 1st or 2nd

Maybe I can only hear it when I am going slow, but it is getting worse. I thought of the perfect word to describe it, but I suddenly lost it. It isn't really a grinding or scraping, but it sounds similar to when my heat shield was coming loose off my exhaust on my last rex. Something like a metal vibrating sound.

Come to think of it, the sound goes away when the clutch is engaged(pedal down). I really hope that doesn't mean the clutch or clutch components are bad. All I know from the previous owner is that the clutch is a stage 2 clutchmasters clutch that got installed in 02 or 03.

Sorry that I kinda rambled and it might not make sense, but I just wrote while I thought. If anyone might have an idea what this could be, please let me know. I know it is sort of vague, but I would like to have narrowed this down before I take it to the shop. Thanks in advance...

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Metal vibrating sound... It could be practically anything. I think you'll need to get out of the car next time it does it and pop the hood and take a listen around to see if you can isolate where it's coming from. If it's inside something, you can try to isolate the area by putting a screw driver up to the part and putting your ear on the end of the screw driver to listen for sounds. (or you could get a mechanics stethosope)
 

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sounds exactly like the clutch release spring has broken allowing the bearing to move as it pleases. although it could be somthing else, the symptons and description sounds exactly like what my D16 tranny did. the spring broke and the bearing would rattle away. its kind of a mix between a rattle and grinding sound.
 

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black_krix_si said:
sounds exactly like the clutch release spring has broken allowing the bearing to move as it pleases. although it could be somthing else, the symptons and description sounds exactly like what my D16 tranny did. the spring broke and the bearing would rattle away. its kind of a mix between a rattle and grinding sound.
Ahh, rattle. That is the noise that I was thinking of. Well, how much damage have I cause by driving around on this thing. And how much was the part?(I suppose you did it yourself, so there was no shop to charge labor)

Anyway, since I don't have any tools down here and I can't really check anything, I will have to take it in to the shop. Anyone have any idea(if it really is the clutch release spring) what that would cost? I had a new clutch put in my last Prelude and it ended up costing $700. I really would hope for this to be somewhat cheap...

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i believe the part was under $15 but i had to take the tranny out to put it in. the new one broke also so i drove it for a year like that until i got my b16. i think somthing was messed up w/ my tranny anyway. the honda mechanics told me they have never seen one break, and my car broke 2 :lol:
 

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I think krix is on the right track.
I have had a clutch TO bearing spring snap on me too.
It sounds like the noise your hearing is the TO bearing sliding about as it pleases.
Its not the part that costs just the labor of the trans R&R.
GL Rapid...
 

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most usually the noise that you describe is the input bearing on the trans... . . .. . .if the clutch is out then you are spinning your input shaft. . and the bearing is moving. .. . . many people confuse this with a throw out bearing but that will 0nly usually make noise whil the clutch is pressed to the floor as that is the only time that it actually spins......

the realease spring could be the problem as well....

thing is though............

you are going to have to pull the tranny any way.. ... . you might as well replace seals, bearings, clutch and so forth while it is out. .. . .and save the hasle.. .

good luck to you .. . .. .my money is on the front input shaft bearing. . .

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So is the clutch damaged by this? I would rather not have to put a clutch in if possible, I am going to be swapping in the late winter/early spring time. Let me know...

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if your going to be swapping that soon i wouldnt worry about it personally. i rode a while with mine broken because i was swapping and didnt want to pull the tranny for a $15 part.
 
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