I have a 2004 1.6 petrol 5 speed Focus Hatchback. It has done 42,000 miles. For the last few months, as I slowly release the clutch when reversing, I have noticed an unusual noise, hard to describe, not a screech, more like a light whistling sound. In the last week or so, it has also occurred when moving off in first gear. In all other respects the clutch seems to function fine. I am a mechanically sympathetic driver, but about a year ago I did have a problem moving the car forward on a very steep hill. I must have used too high revs as I released the clutch, as there was a strong smell of burnt clutch afterward. Do you think the clutch is needing replacement? Am I likely to cause damage to the flywheel if I continue to drive it in the meantime? Many thanks for any help you can provide.
sorry i would need to test drive the vehicle