When you observe unusual noises on your Dodge Ram you tend to be anxious. Especially when you feel a noise coming from the release bearing of your Dodge Ram. It is instantly assimilated to an engine problem and can therefore be serious. As we know that you do not take these concerns lightly, we have chosen to make this document to help you locate the triggers and free yourself from this concern as quickly as possible. To do this, we will first focus on the purpose 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 Dodge Ram and their sources.release-bearing-noise-dodge-ram

What is the task and operation of the release bearing on Dodge Ram?

Role of the release bearing on Dodge Ram

The release bearing of your Dodge Ram has a essential purpose 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 operated 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 Dodge Ram.

Objective of release bearing Dodge Ram

Let’s now look at the technical side, the release bearing is composed of two parts, 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 distinct kind of release bearing Dodge Ram :

  • Pulled release bearing
  • It is the most unconventional of the two kind of release bearing . This one, contrary to the hydraulic form, 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 technical, is the kind most used in contemporary cars. It is however more complex than the pulled release bearing. Indeed, it will be composed of a hydraulic tube that will receive the pressure right from the clutch pedal.
    More conventional clutch stop

Release bearing noises Dodge Ram and their sources

I feel a release bearing noise on Dodge Ram every time I drive and it stops when I depress my clutch pedal

If you feel a noise from your gearbox, release bearing or clutch itself when your engine is running, but it ends when you press your clutch pedal, this noise often sounds like a bell noise, it is highly plausible that your release bearing is the cause. Make sure that this noise stops when you disengage, in which circumstance it is time to change the release bearing of your Dodge Ram.

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

If you feel too much or too little resistance when you press your clutch pedal, and it is connected with jolts that you can feel 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 work normally.

I feel a grinding noise coming from the release bearing of my Dodge Ram 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 connected 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 Dodge Ram, then you probably have a leak coming from your release bearing. It must therefore be swapped quickly or risk damaging your gearbox in addition to the clutch. If you have a noise coming from the gearbox of your Dodge Ram and it’s not from your release bearing, check this article to have more informations.