Troubleshooting a Rattling Clutch Fork

In order to troubleshoot a clutch fork, you should know where it is located and what it does. It is located at the pressure plate and holds in the throw out bearing. When you depress the clutch it pushes into the pressure plate and causes the throwout bearing to engage, putting the transmission in neutral. If you are having problems with your transmission and hear noises and it whines as you are depressing the clutch, you need to check out your clutch fork. In this article we will talk to about some easy ways to troubleshoot the problem.

Rattling Noises

If you are hearing a rattling noise under your car and it isn't as bad when you push in the clutch is it most likely the clutch fork. The fork has a cover over it that you need to remove so you can check the fork to see if it is loose. Tighten the bolt holding it and replace the cover tightly.

Greasing the Fork

Sometimes you can apply some grease where the fork fits to the bell housing and that will fix your problem of it rattling. Always make sure to replace the cover of the fork tightly.

Stretched Clutch Cable

When you have a clutch fork that is loose and rattling it can cause the clutch cable to be stretched out. If your clutch is not operating properly and you are hearing a rattling noise, check out your clutch fork. You will also have to replace the clutch cable. The stretched out of cable will not allow the clutch pedal to operate properly and so it will affect the way your clutch engages and disengages.

Feeling Vibrations

If you are feeling some pulsations or vibrations on the clutch pedal, this may be the clutch fork coming loose or it could be a more serious problem and you need to check it out as soon as possible. Any type of vibration is not good in a transmission or clutch area.

Clutch Is Not Engaging

If your fork is rattling and your clutch is not engaging properly, then your fork may be bent and not allowing the throwout bearing to engage properly. The rattling of the clutch will cause it to come loose enough to where it can knock off the cover and allow it to bend. If it is bent you will need to replace it.

Knocking Sounds

Sounds that are heard when the clutch pedal is moved up or down is a good sign that a good cleaning and lubrication is needed on the parts that control the fork. So listen to the sounds to make sure you are not just hearing the clutch pedal and not the fork.

All Sounds

Any sound heard from the clutch, gear changing, clutch pedal or any part of the transmission should be checked out and not left to go. If your transmission is giving you warning sounds, you may be able to save it by some routine maintenance work.