98 tj 4.0 ax14
Ok so I don't know for certain that it isn't the throw-out bearing but I think all to often that is a BS catchall answer. I have used the search function a few times and have been unable to come up with a decent answer. (If i have missed a thread please let me know).
The other day I was idling around with 2 passengers vice my normal 1 and I had a squeaking noise show up. I wasn't terribly alarmed because I have heard it before. I had just forgotten about it. When I do hear it (I've been hearing it for years) which isn't often, I make a mental note to check it out and then never remember to follow up.
So it only shows up at very low speeds, clutch released, at idle or just above idle, in 1st or 2nd gear. (not sure if it disappears at higher speeds or gears or if it just gets covered up by other noise) seems to squeek slightly faster as RPMs increase until i get above 1200 RPMS.
The noise sounds like it comes from below the shifter boot somewhere(AX-15 transmission) and is very faint (no its not just the shifter rattling). Sounds like a couple Styrofoam egg cartons squeaking together, or maybe like my dog whining when hes afraid of getting yelled at for whining
Or who knows maybe it sounds like a loose rubber mount or something...
Most of the information I read about the throw out bearing stuff says that throw out bearings make noise when clutch is depressed not released. I really want to get to the bottom of this issue so if some of the pros out there could chime in I would really appreciate it. Happy new years.