When you notice unusual noises on your Ford Focus you usually tend to worry. Especially when you feel a noise coming from the release bearing of your Ford Focus. It is directly assimilated to an engine issue and can therefore be serious. As we know that you do not take these concerns lightly, we have chosen to make this content to support you locate 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 Ford Focus and their origins.release-bearing-noise-ford-focus

What is the role and operation of the release bearing on Ford Focus?

Task of the release bearing on Ford Focus

The release bearing of your Ford Focus has a fundamental role in the operation of your entire gearbox system. In fact, 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 Ford Focus.

Action of release bearing Ford Focus

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 different kind of release bearing Ford Focus :

  • Pulled release bearing
  • It is the most unconventional of the two kind of release bearing . This one, contrary to the hydraulic type, 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 complicated, is the type most used in contemporary automobiles. It is however more elaborate than the pulled release bearing. In fact, it will be composed of a hydraulic tube that will receive the pressure directly from the clutch pedal.
    More conventional clutch stop

Release bearing noises Ford Focus and their origins

I feel a release bearing noise on Ford Focus once 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 possible that your release bearing is the reason. Make sure that this noise stops when you disengage, in which case it is time to swap the release bearing of your Ford Focus.

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 associated with jolts that you can feel in your clutch pedal, then the stop/fork release/blades grouping is deteriorated. In fact, this noise often comes from the broken fork that no longer allows the system to operate normally.

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