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Toyota Prado 2006: Noisy clutch

Asked by Shaun

My manual 2006 Toyota Prado has developed a noise in the clutch, which I believe is the thrust race that has dried out. It is very noticeable and I believe it is a common Toyota problem. It is $1500 for a complete clutch replacement. The vehicle has done 106,000 km and I have had no joy from Toyota who say it is a consumable item, adding that the mileage is high and that it has not been serviced by a Toyota dealer. I understand the brass bush runs dry and then it contacts the flywheel causing a ?cheep-cheep? noise when not loaded. Have you heard of this "Toyota Whine" problem and should it be subject to a recall? The clutch is fine other than that, and according to a clutch specialist I should just turn the radio up.

Answered by CarsGuide

9 Aug 2010 Carsguide.com.au

You’re on a loser trying to convince Toyota to pay for a new clutch. At the very, very best they might cough up for part of the cost, but I doubt they’ll show any interest at all for the reasons you quote. If the clutch is still operating fine, then take the clutch man’s advice and crank up the radio until the clutch fails and needs replacing.

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