Clutch 2005 Mini Cooper S
Hi all, new member with a major problem.....
So 48 hours ago I noticed a noise on my Mini Cooper S (05) when idling. It was a rattling noise that disappeared when the clutch pedal was depressed, and came back when the pedal was released. It’s not something I’d noticed before but a friend was walking past I told him about and he suspected the clutch release bearing? There was no problem selecting any gears or driving. so carried on with a view to getting it looked at this weekend?
The noise went away for a couple of days. This morning after about 2 miles the clutch felt notchy and when I pulled into work it felt like the car was going to stall over some speedbumps. As I reversed into the parking space there was a squeal and the rattle returned, but much louder. I moved forward and back in the parking space, and the clutch was very notchy but then the clutch pedal stayed down and I couldn’t engage any gears or move the car. There was also a slight smell of burning, a bit like the smell of clutch burn out, but more melting plastic than anything so I turned it off straight away.
The car has done 66.5K, I think it has the 6 Speed Getrag gearbox. It was a private purchase 1000 miles and 3 months ago!
He's on Facebook - Milton the Mini
So here is my thought process going from bad to worse. Opinions welcome and invited please.
Clutch Mechanism - Is the clutch hydraulic or cable operated and I've just suffered a failure here.
Clutch Release Bearing - It's this that's gone, which might explain the rattle but can this just be replaced on it's own.
Clutch Gone - Whole new clutch required and hopefully the gearbox is unnaffected.
New Clutch, Gearbox and Flywheel. - The whole shebang is fubarred??