Re: Tom and Ray’s current column topic about release bearings.
Just curious. As an amateur DIY’er, I only work on one clutch-equipped car. My early 90’s 4afe Corolla. But I know some of you experts here work on customer’s cars, so you see a lot of car problems. Has anyone here ever seen a clutch release bearing on the fritz in a modern (post 1990) car? I mean while the clutch was otherwise ok? With modern ball bearing technology, you’d think the release bearing would be so robust that it wouldn’t be an issue any more, and if a driver wanted to push on the clutch pedal while waiting for a stoplight, that’d be no problem at all for the release bearing. Or is release bearing failure still a common problem seen with modern cars?