A manual transmission car relies on the clutch as one of its main mechanical components. Many people who drive a manual transmission vehicle don’t even fully understand the role of the clutch. The primary function of the clutch is to disengage the transmission from the motor. The clutch connects the engine of the car to the gearbox. This allows the driver to safely and effectively shift gears without grinding the gears into oblivion.
The clutch is certainly the piece of a manual transmission that is most important to the overall function of the vehicle. The reality is that all manual transmission vehicles will need their clutch replaced at one time or another. On average, a clutch can last up to 175,000 miles with average usage. Drivers who spend a majority of their time in bumper to bumper traffic or driving on steep up or downhill roads can expect to need a replacement clutch sooner than those who spend the majority of their time driving on the highway or low-traffic roads. The key to preserving the clutch is to invest in a maintenance regimen and a good mechanic that can identify the signs of clutch wear and tear in order to slow down the full replacement process.
Maintain the full function of the clutch
Aside from adjusting your driving style to reduce “riding the clutch”, it is important to find a good mechanic who understands the manual transmission of cars and can work with you to identify clutch issues before they require full replacements. Common clutch maintenance procedures that mechanics will perform include:
- Replacements to the drive shafts
- Adjustments to various parts
- Repairs to the clutch hydraulics system
- Installation of clutch kits
Knowing the signs of clutch wear and tear
Before a clutch will need to be replaced, it will give the driver signs that it needs some TLC. Knowing the signs of clutch wear and tear can save the driver money in the long run. A trained mechanic can easily identify these signs and works to make small adjustments to the clutch before it needs a full replacement. Here are a few sure-fire signs your clutch is sending you because it needs some maintenance:
A car that has a worn out clutch plate may have a reduced pick up and the engine RPM will rise further than necessary. This can occur when the friction material that surrounds the plates have worn too thin and need to be replaced.
If your car shudders when you release the clutch, especially if you are driving at lower speeds, you may have contamination on a clutch plate.
Grinding sound or chirping sounds
Does your car give out a chirping or grinding sound when you press or release the clutch? This could be a sign of a worn clutch release baring.
These are all common problems that can plague a clutch, but if they are properly and quickly addressed by a certified mechanic, a full clutch replacement can be put off for as long as possible.
Making an appointment is as easy as, calling (314) 513-2995. At 24 Hour Mobile Mechanics, we are committed to providing best repair service, information and leaving you with a feeling of confidence that the job is done right.