Your vehicle’s clutch is one of the most important components beneath the hood. Depending on how you take care of your clutch, it can last anywhere from 30,000 miles to well over 100,000. Here are some indicators that it’s time to go to a car repair shop for clutch work.
Slipping The clutch should slip at certain times, such as when the gears are changed and when the clutch is fully engaged. But if you experience clutch slippage when your clutch pedal is released, bring your vehicle into the shop for an inspection. Clutch slippage is most noticeable when the engine is under a heavy load, such as when you are driving uphill, towing a heavy load, or moving slowly in a high gear.
Noise If the clutch is engaged and you hear a growling, grinding, or chirping noise, there is a problem with the bearings or the clutch actuator mechanism. Sometimes these noises are caused by other transmission or engine problems, so visit your local auto repair shop as soon as possible.
Chatter This is a technical term used to describe a jerking or lurching motion that occurs when the clutch is engaged. A number of problems can cause clutch chatter, including a warped flywheel, a bent clutch disc, or burned linings.
Hard Pedal Another common indicator of clutch problems is a clutch pedal that requires significantly more effort to depress. This usually indicates binding in the pedal linkage, cable, or pivot ball. But it can also mean that there’s a blockage in your hydraulic system.
Dragging Clutch dragging occurs when a clutch is unable to release. This prevents the driver from shifting into gear from neutral and causes grinding during gear shifting. A number of problems can cause a dragging clutch, including a worn out clutch pedal bushings or brackets, a maladjusted linkage cable, or a broken release cable.
A-1 Auto Tech, Inc. has 25 years of experience serving the Mountain View area. If you have a clutch problem, take your vehicle to our auto repair shop for a careful inspection. All of our work comes with a two-year/24,000-mile warranty. Give us a call at (888) 722-1970 if you have any questions about our car repair services.