When you detect unusual noises on your Toyota RAV4 you tend to be concerned. Specifically when you experience a noise coming from the release bearing of your Toyota RAV4. 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 decided to create this content page to help you find the causes and free yourself from this concern as quickly as possible. To do this, we will first concentrate 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 Toyota RAV4 and their origins.release-bearing-noise-toyota-rav4

What is the role and operation of the release bearing on Toyota RAV4?

Function of the release bearing on Toyota RAV4

The release bearing of your Toyota RAV4 has a fundamental role in the operation of your entire gearbox system. In fact, its task 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 Toyota RAV4.

Function of release bearing Toyota RAV4

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 (according to 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 types of release bearing Toyota RAV4 :

  • Pulled release bearing
  • It is the most unconventional of the two types of release bearing . This one, unlike 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 complex, is the version most used in modern cars. It is however more complicated than the pulled release bearing. In fact, 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 Toyota RAV4 and their origins

I experience a release bearing noise on Toyota RAV4 when I drive and it stops when I depress my clutch pedal

If you experience 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 plausible that your release bearing is the cause. Make sure that this noise stops when you disengage, in which case it is time to swap the release bearing of your Toyota RAV4.

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

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

I experience a grinding noise coming from the release bearing of my Toyota RAV4 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 situation and you feel a grinding or cracking noise coming from the release bearing of your Toyota RAV4, then you probably have a leak coming from your release bearing. It must therefore be changed as soon as possible or risk damaging your gearbox in addition to the clutch. If you have a noise coming from the gearbox of your Toyota RAV4 and it’s not from your release bearing, check this article to have more informations.