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T/O bearing possibly?

Hey people I searched the forums for a while trying to figure this one out and I wanted to make sure about it since some things are happening like other people and some not.

I have an 88 si 4ws and for a while it has been making a nice clicking noise but only when in gear not in neutral. About a week ago I was coming home down the interstate and the whole car shuddered almost like I hit a big piece of tire in the road. I thought that was what it was because there was no CEL and it was still running apparently fine. When I got off the interstate I could hear the clicking really loud when I was driving. I pulled off to the side of the road and checked all my fluids etc. None seemed to be low but there was some leaking out under the car and a little smoke coming from the back side of the engine. I looked under the car and found a tiny puddle there so I got some on my fingers and it didn't smell like oil and it definitely wasn't coolant or gas or anything. Figured it was fluid from the tranny. I had it towed home so I didn't f it up any worse and I've been trying to figure it out since. I haven't gotten a chance to get under there and look around yet but I was wondering if this sounded familiar to anyone here.

If anyone can give me some insight that'd be great. I have heard when t/o bearings go in the clutch it becomes hard to shift but that's not the case here. However before all this happened and probably still now when the clutch pedal is NOT depressed it makes the characteristic whining noise everyone talks about on here associated with t/o bearing beginning to fail. It still shifted and appeared to drive fine save for the constant clicking and the leaking fluid. Give me semi-good news at least please...maybe?
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Re: T/O bearing possibly?

Not sure why you would have a fluid leak if the problem is in the TO bearing. The first thing I would do is to figure out what is leaking. You may need to put it up on jack stands and crawl underneath to find it. Fix that first.

Does the clicking change when you turn the car? Does it change with vehicle speed? Does it change with RPM changes (shifting up or down while maintaining speed)? Does it change when you push the clutch in?

TO bearings usually grind or squeal. I've never heard one click, but it's a bearing so I suppose it could click.
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Re: T/O bearing possibly?

From memory I think the clicking gets faster with rpm increase but that could have been in my head at the time it was all happening. I was afraid to drive it like that but I will put it up on stands and give it a go after I take a look at it and get back to you with some more info. Just hoping for a "holy crap that same thing happened to me once" moment from someone. Thanks for the quick response.
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Re: T/O bearing possibly?

Got the car up on some ramps today and got a better look at the bottom of it but I still can't tell where the fluid is coming from. Looks like it's coming from the top side somewhere and running down the sides of the tranny. After talking to someone who knows more about cars than I do I was told it could be the clutch slave or master somethingorother.

The clicking is definitely rising with rpm though but it still shifts fine. Also the fluid levels are still pretty high so it must not be leaking too much. Just enough to be noticeable.
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