I have 35k miles on my '16 Challenger Hellcat (6-speed manual). I had been noticing a squealing noise for a while now, but the dealer couldn't hear it. It was pretty loud. Then one day, driving down the highway, I change gears and I hear something snap and come loose, and rattle for about 10 seconds. Then, the transmission starts slipping in 1st gear when I get closer to home, so Chrysler had it towed to the dealer for me.
The dealer says it must be the clutch since it's slipping, and it wouldn't be under warranty. But I used to have an R/T which I drove over 50k miles, and they had inspected the clutch and told me it was clean. I get complimented on how smoothly I shift, so I don't think it's wear.
The dealer said that the clutch is way too heavy and it's slipping, so it must be wear. But it didn't start slipping until the moment something broke, and it's been heavy since day one.
They texted me some pictures of heat spots, and a really busted hydraulic release bearing. They say that Chrysler wouldn't cover it after reviewing the pictures.
But after a little bit of research (Symptoms of a Bad Throwout Bearing That You Shouldn't Ignore
), it turns out that squealing and a heavy clutch are both signs of a bad throwout bearing. This seems to have been going on a long time, which would make less sense if it was normal wear, and they should have caught it and fixed it much sooner because of the symptoms instead of handing it back to me without touching it.
What should I do? I can't afford the $4,500+ right now that they are quoting me. Here is a pic of the busted throwout bearing (I have no idea how it can get like that):
Thanks so much!