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I have a 97 miata w/ 5 speed. When I push in the

I have a 97 miata w/ 5 speed. When I push in the clutch and put the shifter in gear it make a metalic rubbing noise. It will keep doing it even if I move the shifter to neutral. It will stop when I let out the clutch. Could this be the throw out bearing?

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Yes you most likely have a bad throw out bearing. If you replace the bearing you would do yourself a favor and replace the clutch and pressure plate while you are there.

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Yes, or the pilot bearing. Either one of these will cause noises when they go out.

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