The car clutch is a hugely important part of your vehicle – without it, you would be unable to change between the gears. And like many of your car’s components and parts, it is more than possible your clutch will wear out over time. So, with this in mind find out more about what your car clutch actually does below, and what symptoms and noises to look out for if you think yours might be due for replacement.
So, with this in mind find out more about what your car clutch actually does below, and what symptoms and noises to look out for if you think yours might be due for replacement.
What Does A Car Clutch Actually Do?
Simply put, the clutch’s duty is to separate the car’s engine from the wheels, allowing you to change gear and stop while the engine is still running. The clutch plate, pressure plate, and flywheel are the three primary components of the clutch. The clutch springs press these three elements together when the clutch is engaged (your foot is off the clutch pedal), allowing the engine and transmission to spin at the same speed. When you depress the clutch pedal, the springs pull the pressure plate away from the clutch plate, allowing you to smoothly change gears as the flywheel and pressure plate spin at different speeds.
How Long Does A Clutch Last
A difficult one to answer! There are so many factors that contribute to how long your clutch is likely to last. Clutches are designed to last anywhere between 50,000 and 100,000 miles or maybe even more, but this depends on the quality of your car, how well you maintain it and your driving style. If you do a lot of stop-start city driving, for example, your clutch will wear out faster because you’ll be changing between lower ratios more frequently.
For example, if you do a lot of stop-start city driving, your clutch is likely to wear out sooner as you will be changing between lower gears more frequently.
Common Clutch Problems
If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, you may possibly need a clutch replacement:
Spongy, sticking, vibrating or loose clutch pedal when pressed Squeaking or grumbling noise when pressed Ability to rev the engine, but poor acceleration Difficulty shifting gear ‘Slipping’ clutch, causing a momentary loss of acceleration.
Clutch Replacement Newton Abbot
Clutch replacement costs vary depending on the make and model of your car. For an accurate quote, give us a call or pop into our garage in Decoy Industrial Estate, Newton Abbot. Alternatively, call us today and a member of our team will be happy to help book your car in.