Does My Cars Clutch Need Replacing?

What can I do to determine whether my clutch is in need of replacement? This blog will explore how the clutch functions and the signs you could observe, feel or hear which could indicate that the need to replace your clutch.

How do Clutches Work?

A clutch’s function is to transmit power from the engine to the gear box and then, it transfers the power to your wheels.

When a car is under the power of (clutch pedal is released) and the clutch pedal is released, it is activated. The engine’s power is transferred to the flywheel of the engine which causes the flywheel to turn. The flywheel spins and spins the plate that is used for clutch. The clutch plate spins around the shaft driven (also called”the gearbox shaft,” or primary shaft) and causes that the gearbox to rotate, which turns around and spins the driveshaft before casing the wheels of the vehicle. This causes them to spin.

If the pedal for clutch is released, it removes it from the flywheel, effectively disconnecting the engine from the gearbox. It allows you to choose the gears, or stop your car without the car spinning and stopping. The clutch lets us to effortlessly connect a spinning engine to an un-spinning gear. It regulates the amount of slippage between them.

Parts for Clutchs

The most important components of a clutch include the drive wheel, pressure plate, and the release bearing. However, there are clutch slave cylinders, clutch master cylinders, and master cylinders of the clutch on vehicles equipped with a hydraulic clutch system.

Clutch Wear

The flywheel of the clutch, the pressure plate, the clutch disc (friction liner) along with the release bearing all are susceptible for wear and tear with time. Particularly the clutch disc , which is constructed of a similar friction material to that of a brake pad. This plate forms friction between flywheels and pressure plates. It is worn down over time. If you’ve ever smelled an out of the clutch it’s this material can be smelled and is an indication that the clutch was overheated.

How long should the clutch last?

It is largely dependent on your driving habits. The majority of clutches are made to last for a minimum of 60 miles before they have replacement. Certain clutches may need replacement around 30000, while others may continue to last well beyond 100,000 miles, however this isn’t common.
The Signs That Your Clutch Might Be in Need of Replacement

If you have any of the signs listed below, your clutch may require replacement:

Slipping Clutch

This is the time to increase the power of your engine to get the car moving. You’ll notice that the engine is revving however you aren’t moving very quickly in comparison to the normal. This is usually due to an absence of power. This usually happens the case when the friction plate of the clutch wears out and causes it to spin against the flywheel, however it may not reach full contact with it.

Difficulty selecting gears

If you need to force on the vehicle to go into gear, this is typically caused by the worn clutch plate or an old master or clutch slave

Sound of a gurgling or squeaking when you press the pedal for the clutch

You will detect the change in tone as you push the clutch pedal. This generally is referred to as a rumble. The cause of this may be worn bearings on the release.

Clutch Judder

If you let off the clutch pedal, the pedal, as well as the car is agitated. This could be an indication of a worn clutch or an issue with the flywheel or pressure plate.

Clutch Pedal remaining in place when it is pressed

If you push the clutch pedal, and it fails to return to its initial position. This could indicate that there is an issue in the bearing for release or slave cylinder, or master cylinder.

Dual Mass Flywheel

The cost of replacing a clutch has increased over the last few times due to the introduction of dual Mass Flywheels. They can be replaced simultaneously with the standard three-piece clutch kit. The Dual Mass Flywheels actually two flywheels that come with a set of springs interspersed between them to serve like vibration absorbers. The goal of this is lower noise levels, more satisfaction for the driver and passengers, and a longer life for the transmission.

If you encounter any of these issues or other issues regarding the vehicle’s drive, please get in touch with us as soon as you can possible time to avoid the complete the loss of driving. If you don’t address the issue, your clutches could cause complete failure and leave you without a vehicle.

Costs of Clutch Replacement

The cost of replacing your clutch will vary based on the type of issue and the type of vehicle you’re driving. If you suspect that there might be an issue in your clutch, call an appointment for a free clutch Test now. Our skilled clutch fitters will tell you what we’ll need to fix and the price before any work is completed or any costs are that are incurred.