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Old 09-18-2012, 10:20 PM   #1
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Rattle when engaging the clutch. Help

Hey everyone, how's it going? I just recently purchased my dream car several weeks ago, (02' JB M3 Vert) and I've noticed that when I'm barely moving in 1st gear and I go to engage the clutch (6MT), there is a fairly loud rattling noise that seems to be coming from somewhere in the front drivers side of the car. It seems to be much more frequent when I'm on a slight incline. Without hearing the noise, a friend of mine said he thinks it is the throw out bearing, however I wanted to get some opinions from people that actually own and drive these cars on a regular basis. I took a video from my phone while replicating the sound in my car and as soon as I can figure out how to upload the video on here I will do so. Thanks for the help and I'm glad to finally be a part of the BMW community.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:08 PM   #2
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I ended up adding the video to YouTube so here's the link.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:28 PM   #3
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Can't see video. Rattling or more like a grinding when the clutch is fully engaged? Can you feel it in the clutch pedal? any difficulty in starting the vehicle related to the clutch?

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Old 09-19-2012, 01:14 AM   #4
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That is normal...you will learn to use the throttle/clutch over time to prevent this from happening.

Same issue I had back when I bought my car 30k miles ago...I have had no clutch/throwout bearing issues. Every now and again this happens to me on hills and during parallel parking. Just drive the car some more.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:44 AM   #5
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For the record, car has 60k on the
Clock and I'm not certain if a clutch job has been performed or not. The clutch itself seems to be fine, it's not slipping or anything of that sort, just a really annoying rattle.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:46 AM   #6
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Can't see video. Rattling or more like a grinding when the clutch is fully engaged? Can you feel it in the clutch pedal? any difficulty in starting the vehicle related to the clutch?

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No, no grinding is taking place. Just a rattle. Try checking the video again. It should be working. There's also no issue with starting the vehicle clutch related or not.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:15 PM   #7
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:55 AM   #8
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shock bushings maybe take it to a tech
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:19 PM   #9
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I have this noise as well, what can it be? sorry for the thread bump but i was searching for the solution
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:26 PM   #10
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M3 clunk. Look it up. It's normal.
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