All About Car Clutches

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The clutch is a massively vital part of your vehicles engineering – without it, the car would be unable to move between the gears. And like many of the car’s components and parts, it is more than probable the car’s clutch will wear out over time and need replacing.

With this in mind let’s look at what your car clutch does, and what symptoms, grinds and noises to look out for and listen for if you think yours might be due for replacement in the very near future.

What Does A Clutch Do?

The purpose of the clutch is to separate the car’s engine from the wheels, this allows you to change up and down the gears and come to a complete stop while the engine is still running.

The clutch is made up three main components – the clutch plate, the pressure plate and flywheel.

When the car’s clutch is engaged (foot is off the clutch pedal), the springs in the clutch mechanism press these three parts together so that the engine and the transmission are connected and spinning at the same speed.

When you press your foot on down on the clutch pedal, the springs pull the pressure plates away from the clutch plate, so that the flywheel and pressure plate spin at a different rate, allowing you to smoothly change gears.

What Is The Lifespan Of A Cars Clutch

There are so many factors that contribute to how long your car’s 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 the car, how well you maintain it and most importantly, your driving style.

For example, if you do a lot of stop-start town 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 changing up or down gears
‘Slipping’ clutch, causing a momentary loss of acceleration.

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