Clutch Repair FAQS
Transmission Clinic welcomes you to our page with answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about auto clutches that our clutch specialists are asked by our customers in the greater Kalamazoo area that trust and rely on us for all their auto repair needs.
The clutch plays an important role in the operation of a vehicle in that it serves to connect the engine to the transmission. The clutch pedal is used to activate the clutch.
Clutches in vehicles are used to engage the flywheel. When engaged, the flywheel enables the transmission to be shifted from one gear to another.
Clutches are no different than most other parts in your vehicle in that they wear out. Quite often it is not unusual for Transmission Clinic to have to replace a clutch prior to the end of its lifespan. This is simply because clutches encounter a certain amount of wear and tear during normal driving circumstances. It is important to understand that determining how long a clutch will last is similar to solving a complicated equation with numerous variables. Some clutches can last well beyond 100,000 miles while other clutches will wear out in under 30,000 miles. The longevity of a clutch can be dependent on how carefully the clutch is used during driving. Other factors affecting how long a cluch will last can include how hot of a climate the car is driven in as well as the type of vehicle the clutch is in. In hot climates the transmission fluid will typically run hotter and as a result can burn out parts more quickly. To get the most life out of your clutch and avoid a clutch replacement Transmission Clinic suggests not using the clutch when not needed. When stopped at a traffic light for example it is best not to use the clutch to make the vehicle stand still. Rather take the car out of gear and use the brake pedal to let the transmission rest in neutral. This provides the clutch with the chance to rest instead of keeping pressure on it. Even more important than the previous suggestion, Transmission Clinic suggests not using the clutch pedal as a means to control the vehicle's speed.
Determining when a clutch replacement is necessary is not always easy. Transmission Clinic suggests watching out for certain signs your clutch may be wearing out and may need to be replaced. If you experience the revs in your vehicle to be increasing with little to no increase in speed your clutch may need a new clutch installation. If a loss of acceleration is experienced when the clutch slips or there is a complete loss of drive a clutch replacement is usually necessary. A difficulty of changing gears can be another sign of needing a new clutch. If when changing gears a grinding or rattling is heard or felt a clutch repair is likely necessary. Finally if the vehicle's engine revs on its own accord the vehicle mostly likely will need a clutch replacement.