What Is A Car Clutch

The car clutch is a massively vital part of your vehicles engineering – without it, the car would be unable to move between the gears. And like many of the car’s components and parts, it is more than probable the car’s clutch will wear out over time and need replacing.

With this in our mind lets look at what your car clutch actually does, and what symptoms, grinds, clunks and noises to look out for and listen for if you think yours might be due for replacement in the very near future.

What Does A Clutch 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 Near Me

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 garages in Exeter, Newton Abbot and Paignton. Alternatively, call us on 01392 424666 and a member of our team will be happy to help book your car in.

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