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    Chirping/Squeaking sound (Slave Cylinder)?

    There is this constant chirping/squeaking sound that I can't pinpoint. Some say it is the throwout bearing... others say it's the slave cylinder rubbing against the fork and that it could be fixed by putting some white lithium on it. So which is it? Is it a case where I can just put some grease on it and it's fine or I am I gonna have to get a new slave cylinder and most likely put in a new clutch along with it? The sound happens if I have the clutch pressed in, while I am just cruising and not shifting and also just sitting at stop lights. If I engage the clutch halfway then the chirping is more consistant. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by manibot View Post
    ... others say it's the slave cylinder rubbing against the fork and that it could be fixed by putting some white lithium on it.
    There isn't a clutch fork on your car, so that definitely not good advise
    Sounds like the throwout bearing is bad. You can get the bearing separate or it also comes with a new GM slave cylinder.

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    So the 2001's don't have a clutch fork? I had a 96TA and the clutch fork broke and I had to get a replacement. So are the 98-2002TA's totally different? I haven't worked on the transmission yet to know. Also read somewhere that replacement slave cylinders aren't recommended unless they from GM... also there is a fix to drill it out so it shifts better. Are there any better slave cylinders?

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    Also thanks again for helping me out Cutlass!

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    Nope, the slave cylinder is the clutch actuator. It looks like this


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