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04williamsl

Member Since 05 Jul 2012
Offline Last Active Jul 08 2012 10:47 PM
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Sound Like A Clutch Problem?

05 July 2012 - 12:21 AM

I might as well get it out there and say that I'm female, essentially clueless about cars in general, so if someone responds, please keep that in mind.

Okay, so I have a certain problem with my Ford Ka, 2003 model. Any time I don't have my foot pressed down on the clutch, I get this hissing noise that seems to come from the behind the dashboard, although you can easily hear it if stood outside of the vehicle, so perhaps it's under the bonnet itself.

If I have the clutch to the floor, the sound goes away; whether I'm driving it or just have it in one place. I fear that it's the clutch, as the noise goes away when it's engaged, so to speak.

I took my car to a local mechanic, explaining the problem, but he couldn't find anything wrong with the car... however, when I took it to him, the problem was only slight - if I used the car, then left it for a few hours, and restarted it, the noise wouldn't be there. I think he may not have given the clutch a thought, as he suggested that it could be the gears behind the dashboard that must turn to keep a check on how many miles I'm doing (does that even happen?). The problem has got worse since then, and happens whenever I turn the engine on.

My Ford KA is an old model, and does not give a reading behind the wheel of how many RPM (if that is the right word) there is.

I have an MOT check on the 6th of this month, and plan to bring it up with him then. However, if anyone could give me some sort of clue as to what the problem could be, I would appreciate it greatly.