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  1. Hi All This is my first post, and I suspect has been posted before but I've not found a complete answer. I have noticed a "scraping" noise when in gear and under load - goes away when the clutch is depressed. At first it sounded like a disc or pad problem, but changed all those and no different. The noise tracks the engine speed - sounds like something rubbing part-way through each rotation. I was advised it was likely to be a worn clutch with the rivets rubbing on the flywheel - but it's not. The clutch is getting on but not excessively worn - and no marks on flywheel. There is a fairly flimsy metal shield between the clutch housing and the block - does anyone have any experience of the flywheel rubbing on that? Having searched around, it seemed that the gearbox is a common problem so I took the bell housing off for a look. The diff bearings feel fine - except for the broken tapered washers (blue in picture) but I understand these can still work even in several pieces? The bearing that has more play is on the middle shaft (outline in red). Everything is held in place but seems like there is some wobble. The input shaft bearing also feels fine. So - is the middle shaft bearing likely to cause the noise? I guess having come this far it's worth getting that replaced? Any other possibilities? Thanks!
  2. Hello fellow polo owners! I recently bought a polo Tdi 1.4 2001 110K _ I had a "clacking" noise coming from the front driver side when turning right (full lock) witch i was convince was the drive shaft even though visual check did not show sign of wear.. _ A winning noise in neutral, clutch foot pedal up and disappear when clutch pressed. Sometime, pressing/realising the pedal (in neutral) supress the noise.. Clutch realise bearing gone? _ Last thing, witch appeared 2 weeks after i bought it, started to get a vibration, "humming" sound coming from driver front wheel at past 60mph. My guess was bearing gone.. Later on, found out that this sound was less present even disappear when car heavily loaded. I picked up drive shafts (planned on doing both sides at the same time) and bearings on ebay and got a mate to fit it for me (no garage or tools myself.. nor the experience >_<) Once on the car on the ramp, things got weird. Bearing and drive shafts seemed to be fine! wheels spun fine and smooth, no play! He told me that the shafts and bearing were fine!? Went back for an other test drive and came back confused... Lifted the car on driver side and checked again. We could here a noise coming from what we think is the differential when spinning the wheel backward/forward. Most of differential problems i read about on forum, people speak about a winning noise or loosing drive, but doesn't seems to fit my situation.. An other clue, when driving in city, in deceleration/breaking/gas lift off, at low speed just before pressing clutch, i can feel some king of mechanic play radiating through the pedals (not from pedal box). Difficult to describe exactly.. We had only an afternoon to work on it and didn't fit the shaft nor the bearings as he didn't think that was the problem.. So still not 100% drive shat/bearings is not to blame.. Don't know what to do next.. Since the realise clutch bearing need to be replace (if someone can confirm that?), i may change the drive shafts / bearing at the same time, and change/refill gearbox oil and see if that makes a difference.. not too keen on replacing the gear box.. especially not from scrappy (from what i read, seems to be a weak point of the 6n2..) Would anyone have an idea or advise on what could be the problem and what to do next? Thanks in advance ^_- Steph
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