For the past month or so i had noticed a "tick" or two when depressing/releasing the clutch pedal. Started so quiet i could only hear it with the engine off, and it was not adding resistance to the pedal. Today i noticed it's gotten louder to the point where i can hear a couple ticks with the engine running, and the pedal seems a bit restricted. Takes a little more effort to push down, and feels like it's fighting some resistance on the way back up. With the engine off i can hear a bit of a scrape, too. Since the restriction/scraping feels mechanical, i'm hoping it's just a bearing wearing out or misaligned.
I'm going to poke around tomorrow and see if i can find anything that looks unusual, but i figured i'd check in with the gurus here first. I've never pulled anything off a hydraulic clutch before, anything i should stay away from to avoid a face full of brake fluid?
This is an '04 6cyl, with the NV3550 transmission.