On my third Elise, owned an Exige. All four, from new, made some time of high pitched noise while driving that was not engine related. After having the first two checked out by Lotus and being told :tadts:, I figure they all do.really high-pitch noise (like somone scratching a blackboard) while driving... not while engaging the clutch...
I am hearing a high-pitch whinning noise from my car, and the dealership is saying I need a new clutch... The clutch feels good though...
What were your experiences with clutch problems?
isolated. It did ding the housing a very little bit but not enough to worry. It has happened to quite a few people now. These clutch are designed for a FWD car. I think we stress them much more when shifting hard.OK, any other damage to the trans? or was it just isolated on the press plate?
I think you're probably right. A simple test for that is to see if the noise goes away when you depress the clutch pedal. While just the bearing would NEED to be replaced in that case, it's worth it to install a new disc and pressure plate while everything is opened up already (also a good idea to consider upgrading from the stock clutch).Could be a throw out bearing?
good to know thanx AJ!isolated. It did ding the housing a very little bit but not enough to worry. It has happened to quite a few people now. These clutch are designed for a FWD car. I think we stress them much more when shifting hard.
The pressure plate mounting points actually fail.
Newport European was very easy to deal with and quick about the replacement and warranty work.
I can also say that my actual clutch material was perfectly fine. PLENTY of life left on it.