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Old Jul 3rd, 2014, 10:10 PM
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Question 2005 Cooper S squeaky clutch. Help.

Just bought a 2005 MINI Cooper S. It's got 51,000 miles on the clock. I didn't notice it on the test drive or on the way home but the clutch squeaks when I press the pedal. The pedal feels a little bit heavy but otherwise smooth up and down, the gears also go in fine. What causes this problem and what has to be done to fix it? I have a 30 day warranty from the dealer I bought it from (not an official mini dealer) and I'm worried it won't cover a new clutch should I need one.

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A heavy clutch is normal on 1st Gen Cooper S models.
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If the squeeking is coming from inside the car it will be the pivot point at the top of the pedal as they dry up, you will probably notice it more if your driving for a while & using the clutch a lot. All I did with mine was spray the pivot point & spring (a bit awkward to get at) with spray gease & it hasn't made any noise since
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If the squeeking is coming from inside the car it will be the pivot point at the top of the pedal as they dry up, you will probably notice it more if your driving for a while & using the clutch a lot. All I did with mine was spray the pivot point & spring (a bit awkward to get at) with spray gease & it hasn't made any noise since

It's coming from somewhere in the engine. The local MINI garage said it was just a linkage that either needs lubricating or replaced if it's coming to the end of its life. I still have 3 weeks of warranty left from the place I bought it so I'm hoping they'll sort it, otherwise MINI quoted me £150 just to strip it and have a look.
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The clutch is hydraulic so their isn't really any linkage, the only parts that move on the outside of the engine is the slave cylinder rod which pushes the clutch arm, the clutch arm has a pivot point I suppose that could be squeaking I can't picture it at the moment but I think that is inside the bell housing & all the other parts are internal too
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