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Well the vehicle is a 1.9 turbo diesel (1993), its not the timing belt or the water/alternator belt either. i did notice that the oil level in the gearbox was very low,i have now added oil to the correct level on the dip stick.
My greatest fear is the perhaps i have damaged the gearbox whilst driving it on a low oil level. What i think i will do is start the engine in neutral and depress the clutch a few times to see if the noise goes away,also perhaps with the engine running remove the starter motor just to make sure that the starter pinion gear is properly disengaging.
Anther thing which i may do is put a lever between the flywheel and block,this can be done from underneath the vehicle ) this will check to see if the flywheel has come loose. If all else fails it may be a case of removing the gearbox to check on the state of the clutch. The weird thing is this is an intermittent noise almost as if something had dropped down into the bellhousing and was being picked up by the rotating flywheel or clutch housing.One thing i am not sure about is whether when the engine is running and in neutral if any gear trains are turning in which case perhaps its a broken gear or smashed teeth.