Each time you press down on the clutch, the pressure plate pushes against a flywheel, joins the transmission to the engine, and enables gears to be changed.
Over time, friction accompanying this repetitive action will wear down the clutch, pressure plate, flywheel, and accompanying gears and bearings. Owners of vehicles with manual transmissions should always use their clutch with care and keep up with clutch maintenance.
How often should I have my clutch checked or serviced?
We recommend you have your clutch checked only when it shows signs of wear and tear. We can do a test to check the degree of clutch wear; however this should not be done frequently as the check itself contributes to shortening the life of the component. Continue reading.
What are the symptoms of clutch failure?
When components of the clutch are worn, you may notice a scratching or grinding sound when switching gears, a strange odor and/or a “soft clutch” which means the clutch can be pressed to the floor too easily.
If your vehicle’s clutch ever fails, the transmission will not be able to transfer power from the engine to the wheels. This will require towing the vehicle, so make sure to have your clutch inspected as soon as you notice a problem.
Should I have my clutch repaired or replaced?
Your machanic may adjust the clutch and/or replace different components of the clutch to prevent the expense of a full replacement. However, if you still experience grinding and rumbling noises after components have been replaced and a clutch adjustment has been made, a clutch replacement will be required to restore full operation to your transmission and your vehicle.