The clutch is one of the most important parts of a vehicle and proper maintenance is essential to keep it functioning properly. Find out how a clutch change goes and what signs it needs to be changed.
What is the clutch?
It is a mechanism composed of a clutch disc, a pressure plate, a clutch fork and a clutch bearing. This set of elements is used to change the speeds of a vehicle when it is moving and a clutch pedal is used to operate it. The clutch control structure can be cable or hydraulic.
When should we change it?
Several characteristic signs can tell you that the clutch needs to be changed:
- The pedal seems to sink in a jerky way.
- It requires a prolonged support time.
- You hear rubbing, squealing or hissing noises.
- You feel vibrations in the pedal.
- When accelerating, the car does not gain enough speed. On the other hand, the engine rumbles and the tachometer needle panics.
- You notice a burning smell and the clutch is heating up.
- You have difficulty shifting gears.
- The pedal seems to resist the pressure.
If you have detected one or more of these signs, you must go quickly to your garage for a check and, possibly, replacement of your clutch. This is a delicate operation which requires the know-how of a professional. Do not hesitate to request a quote for changing your clutch.
How long can a clutch last?
Depending on the use of the vehicle and the maintenance provided to it, the service life of a clutch varies from 100,000 to 200,000 km. The way you drive and the quality of the clutch disc at the start also count in its durability. On diesel vehicles, this is a little longer than on gasoline models.