In Reply to: car has been very reliable... posted by Ben on February 27, 2000 at 09:29:24:
: I think it is only acting up now because i haven't driven it in so long. How much labor was involved in throwout bearing replacement? Did you do it yourself, or have a mechanic do it for you? Estimated cost/hours?
: 90 535iM, sharked
I agree with Jeff that it is the throwout bearing. I had the exact symptom with my 735I and found the bearings gone upon removal of the throwout. If you order the parts through a parts supplier it will run about $320. Check with your supplier, for my M6 it was cheaper to get the individual parts than the kits. You don't have to replace the release lever but you should replace the pivot pin. It's only one dollar from dealer. Labor is 5-15 hours depending on your experience, tool availablity, and how mechanically challenged you are.
Whining sound??? Has the symptoms of a mainshaft bearing failure since it occurs when the clutch is let out. I would check that while the transmission is out but usually I find it to be more of a low pitch rumble.