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Clutch bearing squeal and low bite point

Car is a 1.6TS with 146,000 miles. I've had the car since 56,000 miles and have changed none of the clutch parts, so it's safe to assume that all are still original.

When the engine is cold and clutch pedal pressed down it sounds like a bearing is squealing. This noise goes after a few miles.
The clutch bite point seems very low...almost on the floor. This rises slightly with a warm engine.
All gears engage just fine.

Could it simply be a clutch cylinder and if so, then which one?
Or do I need a new release bearing and a new clutch.


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I'd say it's worth bleeding the system, to see if that improves things.

My master cylinder showed as a low biting point.

The slave cylinder is concentric and comes complete with the bearing, and it's a gearbox-off job to replace.

Mine gave up in spectacular fashion, dumping all the clutch fluid, and leaving me unable to select gear. About a week before I got a noise and notchy feeling when depressing the clutch.

If it's an original clutch, then worth replacing it whilst the gearbox is off too, depending on your funds
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Squealing noise is generally the release bearing failing. If it gets worse and worse, it will eventually seize and the pressure plate gets eaten.

The low bite is a fluid leak or air in the pipes - bleed it, and it should get better.

They might be related, but generally the squeal is signalling problems ahead. Don't hold the clutch down for longer than you have to - i.e. always put the car in neutral, clutch up whenever come to a stop.
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