Many people appreciate the responsiveness and control that a vehicle with a manual transmission offers. You must press the clutch in, move the shifter, and then release the clutch slowly while the throttle is increased to get the vehicle in a position to start moving. Then, each time you want to shift, you must work with the gas and clutch while also steering and shifting. It is something some individuals love, with many of those individuals choosing to only own manual vehicles.
However, clutch problems do happen, and it’s important to be aware of what to look for when they do.
The clutch itself is what connects the transmission with the engine. When you press down on the clutch pedal, this releases the clutch which was separating the transmission and engine. It makes shifting gears much easier and allows you to come to a stop without causing the engine to stall.
Several components make up the clutch:
Of course, any component that makes up the clutch can eventually wear out or suffer damage. That’s why it’s important to understand what to watch for when driving, so you know why your vehicle may not be operating as expected.
There’s no specific mileage or age that will give you a guideline for when a clutch replacement may be required. This is why it’s essential to understand symptoms of a worn-out clutch. Below, we offer some tips for determining this:
Of course, just having a slipping clutch when you add power to the car is a good indicator that the clutch is not working as it should. If these symptoms are happening with your own vehicle, it’s probably going to require a clutch replacement. This is a big job that an experienced mechanic, like the ones at Kwik Kar Richardson, should be in charge of.
It’s often difficult or even impossible to drive a vehicle with a failed clutch. If you can put the transmission in gear, the disc may not have the power to transmit the amount of torque it would require to move the car. As such, this is something that should be looked at by a professional as soon as possible.
Once you bring in your car, a technician will inspect the clutch cable and clutch itself. There are instances where shifting problems are a symptom of worn pivot arms, leaking clutch master cylinders, or clutch cables that are misadjusted. However, if these issues are not found, the next step will be to remove the transmission from the vehicle. At this time, the pressure plate, flywheel, and clutch will be looked at, and repair or replacement will be recommended.
Your technician is going to remove the transmission or transaxle from the car with the problem. At this point the clutch, release bearing, and pressure plate can be taken from the engine. If the flywheel requires replacement or resurfacing, this will take place. The pilot bearing will also be removed from the back of the crankshaft. Next, any new components will be installed. After the vehicle is back in one piece, your mechanic will do a test to make sure the car is operating correctly.
For those with questions about clutch replacements and those who want expertise available when looking at your own clutch to determine any problems, we here at Kwik Kar Richardson are happy to help. Our team can inspect your car and see what the actual problem is so it can be rectified as quickly as possible.
You can email us at [email protected] or reach us by phone at 972-644-1851. We look forward to hearing from you.