When you locate unusual noises on your Audi Q3 you tend to stress. Specifically when you encounter a noise coming from the release bearing of your Audi Q3. It is directly assimilated to an engine trouble and can therefore be serious. As we know that you do not take these problems lightly, we have decided to write this article to support you find the causes and free yourself from this concern as quickly as possible. To do this, we will first focus on the role and operation of the release bearing of your clutch, and in a second step we will look in detail at the different release bearing noises on Audi Q3 and their sources.release-bearing-noise-audi-q3

What is the task and operation of the release bearing on Audi Q3?

Purpose of the release bearing on Audi Q3

The release bearing of your Audi Q3 has a fundamental role in the operation of your entire gearbox system. Indeed, its mission is to liberate the gearbox from the rotation of the engine block via its action. This will allow you to shift gears. It is controlled by the clutch pedal and then by the release fork, which, when it is activated, will press on the clutch and release the gearbox from engine rotation for you allow you to shift gears on your Audi Q3.

Action of release bearing Audi Q3

Let’s now look at the technical side, the release bearing is composed of two units, a first fixed part that slides only when the stop is pulled, or pushed (depending on its type) and finally a rotating part that is composed of a bearing that will allow it to stay in contact with the mechanism and follow its rotation.
There are two different kind of release bearing Audi Q3 :

  • Pulled release bearing
  • It is the most unconventional of the two kind of release bearing . This one, in contrast to the hydraulic style, is operated by a mechanical pulling system that will release the clutch disc. In this case, the release bearing must be mechanically fixed to the mechanism.

  • Hydraulic release bearing
  • The hydraulic release bearing, although more complex, is the version most used in modern automobiles. It is however more elaborate than the pulled release bearing. Indeed, it will be composed of a hydraulic tube that will receive the pressure straight from the clutch pedal.
    More conventional clutch stop

Release bearing noises Audi Q3 and their sources

I encounter a release bearing noise on Audi Q3 every time I drive and it stops when I release my clutch pedal

If you encounter a noise from your gearbox, release bearing or clutch itself when your engine is running, but it stops when you press your clutch pedal, this noise often sounds like a bell noise, it is highly possible that your release bearing is the reason. Make sure that this noise stops when you disengage, in which situation it is time to change the release bearing of your Audi Q3.

I encounter a release bearing noise when my pedal is up and I encounter jolts in my foot

If you encounter too much or too little resistance when you press your clutch pedal, and it is connected with jolts that you can encounter in your clutch pedal, then the stop/fork release/blades grouping is degraded. Indeed, this noise often comes from the broken fork that no longer allows the system to run normally.

I encounter a grinding noise coming from the release bearing of my Audi Q3 when I try to shift gears and they do not shift

This concern happens most often on models equipped with hydraulic release bearing. It is often linked to a clutch pedal that has little or no resistance. If you are in this circumstance and you feel a grinding or cracking noise coming from the release bearing of your Audi Q3, then you probably have a leak coming from your release bearing. It must therefore be replaced promptly or risk damaging your gearbox in addition to the clutch. If you have a noise coming from the gearbox of your Audi Q3 and it’s not from your release bearing, check this article to have more informations.