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A new wrinkle on this old clutch issue. The clutch is now reliably functioning fine, but has started to squeak; every time I push the clutch pedal in, it makes a squeaking noise. I pulled out the repair manual and found two points in the clutch system where grease is recommended, the spring on the pedal, and the ball-joint-like thing just outside the transmission where the hydraulic pressure is converted to movement of a lever that goes into the transmission. I greased those two points well, but it didn't help solve the squeaking noise.

I'm thinking the squeaking is probably coming from inside the transmission, probably that bushing that was likely hanging up in the past preventing the clutch from grabbing.

The squeaking does not really cause any problems; my only concern is that it will annoy a potential buyer when I go to sell the otherwise sound car in a few months.

I suppose the "right" thing to do is to take apart the clutch and grease that bushing and/or replace bearings (and change the clutch plate while we're in there), but I don't think there's any urgency to doing that... right?

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