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When I depress the clutch, hold it in, and put the car in gear, any gear, there is a squeaky rattle. It seems to be running OK, but I am wondering if this is the beginning of the end.
The car has 115k miles and the clutch has never been changed.
Anyone?

Edit: I have been doing a little research here on FEOA and I am thinking I may need a little fluid??
 

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Sounds to me like your pilot bearing. When the clutch is engaged, or when you have it disengaged in neutral, the input shaft and crank are pretty much traveling together. When you put it in a gear the input shaft and clutch disc come to a stop and you have the end of the input shaft twirling in the bearing ( or vice-versa ) in the end of the crank.
Your bearing is either dry or even falling apart. The bad part about this is that you have to take everything apart to get to it. A lot of cars use a pilot BUSHING which is a bronze bearing, but Escorts ( and I know 2300s ) use a real needle roller bearing hammered in the end of the crank.
In one of my cars at the present time it makes a growling noise right when I go to take off on occasion and it sounds to me like it is in desparate need of some grease.
Does any of this match up with what it is doing?
 
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