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Is Your Clutch On The Way Out

Is Your Clutch On The Way Out

The car clutch is a hugely important part of your vehicle – without it, you would be unable to change between the gears. And like many of your car’s components and parts, it is more than possible your clutch will wear out over time. So, with this in mind find out more about what your car clutch actually does below, and what symptoms and noises to look out for if you think yours might be due for replacement.

What Does A Car Clutch Actually Do?

Simply put, the job of the clutch is to separate the car’s engine from the wheels, allowing you to change gear and come to a complete stop while the engine is still running. The actual clutch is made up three main parts – the clutch plate, pressure plate and flywheel. When the clutch is engaged (your foot off the clutch pedal), the springs in the clutch 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 plate away from the clutch plate, so that the flywheel and pressure plate spin at a different rate, allowing you to smoothly change gears – in theory.

How Long Does A Clutch Last

A difficult one to answer! There are so many factors that contribute to how long your 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 your car, how well you maintain it and your driving style. For example, if you do a lot of stop-start city 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 shifting gear ‘Slipping’ clutch, causing a momentary loss of acceleration.

Clutch Replacement Newton Abbot

Clutch replacement costs vary depending on the make and model of your car. For an accurate quote, give us a call or pop into our garage in Decoy Industrial Estate, Newton Abbot. Alternatively, call us on 01626 363 630 and a member of our team will be happy to help book your car in.
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