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a stick shift.
ok ill do stick shift 101..... (repaired many a box i have)
first off it can be 3 things, the stick bad. the box and the clutch.
so can you shift all gears , engine off, and parked.?
if yes, can you shift to 2nd gear, parked & engine off
and then start engine and move in second gear using the clutch pedal.?
ill stop here, as most get lost , if i post the full diagnosis..... end.
we can go way beyond this. easy.
If you notice a change in the rattle,when you depress the clutch pedal it is most likely in the clutch,or the linkage.The release bearing will most often have a squeal or a hissing sound.The clutch fork can rattle, if the ball pivot retainer is broken.You may feel some unwanted slack in the clutch opperation,and you may be able to adjust this out,but maybe not, with a hydraulic clutch.
The 2.2 or 2200 four cylinder engine is bad for lifter rattle after the mileage gets up there, timing gears are also noisy in them.. I have had good luck using full synthetic oil, I would buy an engine oil flush kit with the next oil change and then use synthetic, If this noise isnt consistant with engine speed, then i would look at pumps and pulleys on the fron of the motor, sometimes AC pump clutches get squeeky and often rattle when disingaged, try turning the AC or defroster on and of to test for a change in the noise.
Check the clutch master cylinder, the line to the slave cylinder on the bellhousing and the slave for leaks. If fluid is low there is a leak. Master can "bypass" as well similar to a brake master in which case it wont leak but the slave won't move when the clutch is applied. If that system is working then the clutch likely has worn out.
I would say it is your clutch (In your case it more than likely the throw out bearing if you hear rattle sound.) with the amount of miles and the year of the vehicle. Clutch plates, just like brake pads, eventually wear out. Consider yourself fortunate that you have gone this far without having to replace it.
i have a 1997 Golf GTI 2.0 liter engine the motor was replace and has 40,000 on it but the body has close to 150,000 on it everytime i shift 1st to 2nd somethings hitting the ground somewhere and secondly the intake maniflold has like a rattle in it or something of that sort and i dont know where its coming from its sounds like a missfire but im not 100% sure yet can someone help me and oo and 4th and 5th gear the clutch makes a biut of grinding noise like not loud and only when your fully in gear and the clutch is all the way out any ideas