If you drive a manual transmission car and the clutch is working smoothly, you have complete control over the gears. You decide when to shift and which gears to use. You’re in control and are always aware of which gear you’re in. But if your clutch is in need of repairs you will most likely feel “out of control”. The clutch in a car allows the driver to engage the engine, which is constantly spinning, with a transmission that isn’t and do it, smoothly. This isn’t what happens if your vehicle is in need of clutch repairs.
Clutch problems can occur at almost any mileage and for a wide variety of reasons. Stop- and- go city driving with lots of shifting is always harder on the clutch than open highway driving. One of the most common problems is slipping. When a clutch starts to slip, you’ll notice it more when the engine is under load, like accelerating to pass another vehicle, driving up a hill or towing a trailer. The more the clutch slips, the hotter it gets and the more it wears. We also need to make sure we don’t ride the clutch when we drive. Slipping the clutch excessively when starting out or when creeping along in traffic causes the clutch to get too hot and if it isn’t given a chance to cool, it can cause damage to the clutch and other parts as well. If the clutch is slipping, you may notice a burning smell. This is also a sign that the clutch is getting too hot.
Another problem is chattering. This is a jerking and grabbing action that happens when the clutch is engaged. Chattering can also be caused by burned linings or a warped flywheel so if you have these symptoms it’s best to get your vehicle into a trusted repair shop and have it checked out.
If your vehicle needs clutch repairs you will notice problems when you’re shifting. A damaged clutch won’t engage smoothly and might shake a little bit when you put it in gear. But there are several other problems that can be mistaken for a clutch problem, like a bad pressure plate, slave cylinder, clutch cylinder or throw-out bearing, so your best option might be to see a trusted mechanic to help you determine your best course of action.
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