Need help diagnosing a new noise. Taught my kid how to drive manual on my 04 Rubicon last weekend. She did great after a few stalls and got the hang of the clutch.
However, now when I start in 1st and release the clutch, for the first inch or so of pedal movement I hear a crunching/grinding sound.
This isn't the normal rolling marbles sound of the N3550 when the clutch is released. And it isn't a typical bad throwout bearing sound- with the clutch pushed to the floor it is completely quiet. It doesn't make the noise when pressing/releasing the clutch while in neutral. And once the wheels are rolling, it's quiet.
So I'm stumped. I can't tell if the noise is coming from the front or rear, transmission, clutch, driveshafts or axles. I tried bouncing the front and rear bumpers to see if it was a suspension creak when launching- it's not. Any ideas what it could be? Anybody else have this happen?
2004 TJ Rubicon 5-speed
3.5" Rubicon Superflex lift