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Clutch & Flywheel Replacement

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Clutch Replacement & Repair Service

A clutch will eventually wear with time and use, whether you drive a manual or automatic transmission. The longer you own your vehicle, the more likely you will need a clutch replacement. When the clutch starts slipping it is a sign that your clutches need to be replaced as they no longer have the ability to transfer power from the engine to the transmission.

Some signs of a worn out clutch include: grinding, jerking, long shift times and engine revving. How long before you need to replace the clutch entirely depends on the amount of wear and tear it has endured. The average life span of a clutch is between 85,000 to 120,000 km. If you are consistently changing your clutches every 3 years or so then chances are you have done enough preventative maintenance that you will never need to replace your transmission.

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Clutch Replacement Symptoms

How can you tell if you need a clutch replacement versus another transmission service? What's involved in a clutch job for your vehicle? Can my clutch be repaired or does it require a replacement? And how much does a clutch replacement cost? To help answer these questions, we will outline a few common signs that suggest you need your clutch replaced. Keep reading to determine whether you require a clutch replacement or another part or your transmission needs repair.

If you are certain that your clutch has worn out beyond repair than a clutch replacement will be necessary. Replacing the clutch on your vehicle requires removing the transmission and is a time intensive job. Prior to any clutch replacement a diagnosis should be performed to make sure the clutch is the problem.

A Few Signs Your Clutch Needs Replacement

If your vehicle displays a jerk motion or continuous engine revving when you shift gears, this could be the beginning of a clutch repair. Other things to look for is the feel of your clutch pedal. Generally, there should be a smooth release. If it feels harder to press down, or the clutch pedal is not releasing as usual, this could mean a repair is due. In a manual transmission, difficulty shifting gears or a grind as you shift are also warning signs of a failing clutch. To avoid replacing a clutch before its time, we perform an inspection and test drive the vehicle to check for a clutch issue.

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How To Know If Your Clutch Is Worn?

On most vehicles, the clutch is hidden from view, so the only real way to tell if your clutch is worn is by feel, sound and smell. Our mechanic can quickly diagnose a worn clutch by test driving the vehicle. Any new sounds when holding the clutch pedal down the may indicate a replacement. There is also a distinct burning smell of cork if your clutch is worn to the point of replacement.

How a clutch works - The clutch connects and disconnects rotating parts of your transmission and engine. In a manual gearbox, when the driver presses the clutch, effectively it disconnects the engine from the gearbox allowing for a smooth transition in shifting gears.

There are several moving parts in a clutch system. These parts get worn through use and can lead to jumping or jerking movements felt in the vehicle performance. Clutch discs become worn and the internal spring system can break or develop slack. Once the transmission is removed and clutch taken apart, the internal parts can be replaced if needed along with the clutch itself. Once the transmission housing is apart from the vehicle and clutch removed we can inspect the flywheel for damage and machining.


Avoiding Premature Clutch Replacement

Avoiding premature clutch replacement involves adopting good driving habits and regular maintenance practices:

  • Smooth Driving: Avoid aggressive driving, such as sudden acceleration and abrupt stops. Smooth shifting and gentle acceleration reduce wear and tear on the clutch.

  • Proper Gear Usage: Use the appropriate gear for your speed. Don't ride the clutch or keep the foot on the pedal while driving.

  • Avoid Overloading: Overloading your vehicle puts extra strain on the clutch. Avoid carrying unnecessary heavy loads.

  • Hill Starts: Master the art of hill starts. Use the handbrake to prevent rolling back, reducing strain on the clutch.

  • Regular Maintenance: Follow the manufacturer's maintenance schedule. Regular check-ups can identify issues before they become major problems.

  • Clutch Fluid: Ensure the clutch fluid is at the correct level and replace it as recommended in your vehicle's manual.

  • Avoid Resting Foot on the Clutch: Don't rest your foot on the clutch pedal while driving. This can cause unnecessary pressure and wear.

  • Avoid Excessive Revving: Revving the engine excessively, especially while the clutch is engaged, can cause premature wear.

  • Choose a Reputable Mechanic: If you notice any issues with the clutch, have it inspected by a reputable mechanic immediately. Addressing problems early can prevent further damage.

  • Educate Others: If others drive your vehicle, make sure they are aware of these best practices to maintain the clutch's longevity.

By adopting these habits and staying proactive with maintenance, you can significantly extend the life of your clutch and avoid premature replacements.

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