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Old 03-06-2019, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default Can I lube the shaft?

The clutch pedal on my '99 SW2 squeaks and is a little sticky. I've read of lubing the input shaft during the installation of new parts, but is it possible to get in there and just lube it?
It's got 125k on the odometer and everything feels great otherwise.


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Old 03-06-2019, 04:10 PM   #2
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The clutch pedal on my '99 SW2 squeaks and is a little sticky. I've read of lubing the input shaft during the installation of new parts, but is it possible to get in there and just lube it?
It's got 125k on the odometer and everything feels great otherwise.


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Not sure where you are located but does this generally only happen when the ambient temperatures are hot (80F or so)? You live in a hot climate? This is typical; my 99 SL2 does this only in the summer and only when the temperatures get above 80F.

Sometimes you can inject silicone grease into where the clutch master cylinder rod enters the firewall and you'll get lucky. Others have replaced the master slave cylinder assembly to resolve and this is where some are being proactive and injecting silicone grease. It's not difficult to replace and the part costs $40-$100 depending on the supplier.

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Old 03-06-2019, 04:57 PM   #3
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Default Re: Can I lube the shaft?

If you are lucky, the squeak / stiffness is from the short, horizontal post that juts out at the top left of the clutch pedal. There is a loop at the end of the master that connects to the clutch pedal there, and is held on by a flat spring clip. That's relatively easy to lube.

you could probably just spray something up there as a test, and if that helps, remove the clip and lube with something heavier.

heh, heh, heh, he said, "lube the shaft"

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Old 03-06-2019, 05:00 PM   #4
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I'm in southern California. I've only had the car for 2 months, so no summer heat yet.
It's really squeaky on cold mornings...upper 30's - low 40's. Once the heater kicks in the squeak fades out.
While in a drive-thru line yesterday (low 70's?) The temp gauge crept up and over the halfway mark and the pedal got really upset. Noisy and sticking. Then it would release and move another 1/2".
Last weekend I replaced the tstat, water pump, ECTS and wiring, and motor mounts. I was waiting for the fan to kick in, but I gave in and turned on the AC to make the fan start. Temp went down right away.
Clutch pedal felt like it was going to snap a cable (like an old VW) until it dropped back to normal temp (5/16+)

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In the search box at the top of teh page enter: clutch squeak and read throug the solutions. Your issue may be the pedal shaft or the actual hydraulic cylinder pushrod or both so the first thing is to figure out what is broke so you can fix it. If you want to take a shot at the pedal shaft you have to take the dash cover off to actually get at it easily. http://www.differentracing.com/tech_articles/index.html Body Interior for how to get it off.

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I tried all that stuff, but didn't fix it.

1) Put your ear close to the Clutch Master Cylinder while someone pushes in the clutch.

2) If you hear it coming from the Clutch Master Cylinder, replace it.

3) No more issue.

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Thanks for the info. I'll just buy new parts and not worry about it anymore.

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