Symptoms of a Bad Input Shaft Bearing

Symptoms of a Bad Input Shaft Bearing

Next Gen Drivetrain Research & DevelopmentAugust 14, 20213 comments

The interaction between the input and output shafts in your manual transmission vehicle is critical to keeping it in gear while driving. The slightest damage to the input shaft could have major consequences for the engine, as well as the transmission. Because of this, it is important for drivers to recognize the symptoms of a bad input shaft bearing.

Strange Noises in Neutral

When your vehicle is in neutral, you should only hear the hum of the engine. But, if you hear strange noises before you put the car in gear, it is most likely a sign of a faulty input shaft bearing. The tone and pitch of this noise will vary based on the speed that the engine is running at. If you hear these noises while in neutral, you might also be able to feel a vibration in the gear stick. If you are experiencing this, you should change or refill the gear oil to see if this eliminates the problem.

Persistent Noises From the Gears

Strange noises coming from under the hood are never a good sign, and this is especially true when they are coming from your transmission. Another sign of a failing input shaft bearing is hearing even more noise when you put the car into drive. Like the noises when in neutral, these sounds only get louder as the engine puts out more RPM. You can identify the problem as the input shaft because the noise will continue while the car is stopped, whereas the noise would stop along with the vehicle if it were an output shaft issue.

Sudden Gear Slips

The most worrisome symptom of a bad input shaft bearing is the vehicle suddenly shifting gears when stepping on the clutch. The failure of the input shaft bearing allows the shaft to have too much movement, which creates problems with gear shafts not being properly aligned. This leads to your car slipping between gears, potentially causing considerable damage to the vehicle.

Comments (3)

Al on March 03, 2023

Scraping rattling noise at idle gets worse when you give the gas in park, automatic transmission rebuilt a new flex plate new torque converter this sound is still there

W A Fowler on May 06, 2022

I have a Toyota hiluk 4×4 1998 on idle knock sound from gearbox goes when press clutch clutch bit stiff no proplem gear changing runs ok can you help

Kinga on May 06, 2022

bolerio camper ..gear box problem..counter shaft and gear two teeth is all broken and i changed counter shaft and gear two but when I fixing the counter shaft .it’s not rotating

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