What is a clutch?

The clutch is one of the hardest working components in your motor vehicle. It controls the transmission of power from the engine to the wheels using a clutch plate and flywheel. Your clutch operates using friction between two different components, which means it is extremely vulnerable to wear and tear over time. The lifespan of your vehicle’s clutch will be determined by how you drive. For example, if you use your clutch to control the speed of your vehicle when driving, instead of using your accelerator and brakes, then you are putting unnecessary stress on your clutch. This will cause your clutch to need more maintenance and servicing as well as shorten its lifespan. So basically, the easier you go on your clutch when driving, the longer it will last.

Common problems and warning signs that your clutch may need replacing or servicing:

The clutch is one of the main components that gives your vehicle acceleration, therefore it is very important that it remains in good working condition. Below is a short list of warning signs that are most commonly associated with clutch problems in your vehicle:

  • A burning smell or smoke coming from your vehicle. This usually indicates that your clutch is overheating or being overused. Generally caused by ‘riding the clutch’ or not fully pressing down on the clutch pedal when changing gears.
  • Your vehicle is slipping out of gear or has a jerky operation when in motion. This can indicate that there might be an oil leak between the crank shaft and clutch plate OR your clutch is totally worn out and needs replacing.
  • A sticking or rigid clutch. This is when your clutch becomes hard to press or disengage when changing gears. This can indicate that there is a hydraulic linkage failure somewhere, causing a loss of pressure and the ability for you to change gears smoothly.

If you are experiencing any of these warning signs or you would like an expert opinion on the condition of your clutch, contact Bob at Bob Hunt Automatics 02 4933 1141. He will setup an appointment for you and check to make sure that your clutch is in good working condition. Bob has decades of experience fixing and replacing worn out clutches, and he is one of the Hunter Valley’s premiere clutch and transmission specialist. Click HERE  to contact Bob.