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Automotive glossary: What is a Clutch Release Bearing?

Definition of Clutch Release Bearing: When actuating the clutch, a lever presses on the rotation axis of the clutch, so that the clutch disc are slightly separated and thereby the transmission of the engine force is disconnected. So this pressure has to be transmitted by a bearing, the clutch release bearing. As with mechanically actuated clutches, this bearing is only rotating with the clutch when it is actuated, the bearing is dimensioned correspondingly small. That is why it can wear out rapidly, especially when the driver has the habit of resting his foot on the clutch pedal while driving and thereby causing the bearing to constantly rotate. A worn out clutch release bearing is noted by noises when actuating the clutch.

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