Signs of a Failing Clutch
How to Tell If the Clutch is Failing
In every vehicle with a manual transmission, the clutch is of utmost importance because it allows you to change between gears. However, over time, your clutch may wear out, like many other components of your car.
What’s the Function of the Clutch?
The function of the clutch is to separate the engine from the wheels, thus allowing you to switch gears and also come to a complete stop while the engine is still running.
The clutch consists of 3 main parts, which are the clutch plate, flywheel, and pressure plate. When the clutch is engaged, the springs in it press these 3 parts together so that the engine and the transmission are now connected and spinning at the same speed. When you place your foot on the clutch pedal and press it down, however, the springs pull the pressure plate away from the clutch plate, enabling the pressure plate and flywheel to spin at a different rate, thus allowing you to change gears smoothly.
What to Look Out for
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, you may consider a replacement of your clutch:
It’s difficult to change between gears
When the clutch’s pressed, you hear grumbling or squeaking noise
'Slipping' clutch, causing a momentary loss of acceleration
You can rev the engine, but the acceleration is poor
When pressed, the clutch pedal feels loose, vibrating, sticking, or spongy
The cost of clutch replacement varies depending on the model of your vehicle, as well as the nature of the problem. If you suspect that something is off with your clutch, pay a visit to your nearest auto repair center and if needed, opt for a comprehensive clutchreplacement service.