Recently, my girlfriend and I were driving home from work in her ford escort and the lights went out and the car died.. We managed to pull over, but hit something while pulling off road that scraped under the car. We replaced the alternator, and the electrical problems are gone, but now there is a weird squeek/knock sound that the car makes when the clutch is let in. Once the car is put in gear, the sound goes away.
Any ideas what this could be? It makes me imagine a spinning wheel that is bent and squeeking against a metal contact.. or the kind of knocking an old lawnmower might make.. or an unbalanced washing machine..
Any and all thoughts suggestions are highly appreciated..