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Hello, the noise you here when the clutch is released is a classicsymptom of a bad throwout or release bearing as some folks call it. Replacement will require transmission removal. While the trans is out I would recommend having the flywheel turned and replacing the clutch and pressure plate as well as the pilot bearing along with the throw out bearing. Labor should run around 5 hours and 150-200 for the parts depending on what brand clutch kit you buy.
It should run smoothly, it's real hard to know if someone is being honest about a vehicles past unfortunately. FLuid change will not help the issue. Continuing to drive it may cause the gasket to blow out more resulting in quick ovverheating issues. Asking for 500-700 off for repairs would be reasonable. If it's something less than a bad head gasket you would come out better.
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i'll post below how it works one moment please
The throw out bearing applies pressure to the clutch pressure plate allowing the clutch disc to disengage the engine from transmission. When the clutch pedal is pushed in the bearing is loaded and spins against the pressure plate. When you release the pedal it is not leaded but still spins with the plate. See here
it may run like this for an unkown period of time, usually the noise gets louder and eventually it fails and stoops rotating. This leads to damage to the clutch pressure plate and inability to change gears.
Sorry for the delay. Exactly, you would be looking at 500-700 to have it fixed.
A competant machine shop will know how to turn a dual step flywheel. if the clutch isn't chattering when releasing it more than likely will not require turning, it's just something most shops do as a best practice to prevent problems.