Clutch Problems Should Be Addressed Immediately
Your vehicle’s clutch system shifts your car into gear so your engine isn’t overworked. Friction between the flywheel and pressure plate give it functionality and over time it will need to be replaced. Older cars usually required you to change your clutch anywhere from 50,000-70,000 miles but now you can make your clutch last well over 80,000 miles if driven conservatively. However you can easily wear it out and cause it to be replaced at just 35,000 miles.
When the friction between the flywheel and pressure plate start to wear thin the two parts start to spin at different speeds. This causes increased wear and tear when they should be engaging tightly and spinning together.
The increased wear and tear can cause some common clutch problems:
- Clutch slippage – usually caused by overly aggressive driving, towing, or driving with a heavy load. It should be adjusted before complete failure occurs.
- Clutch getting stuck – the cable needs to be replaced, the flywheel is warped or the clutch linings have oil contamination.
- Clutch noises – usually occurs when the pedal is pressed and makes a squealing sound from the pilot bearings. The sound should stop when the pedal is released.
- Clutch vibration – this can often be felt throughout the entire vehicle and occurs at any clutch position. Vibrations can be caused by a number of different sources so it should be checked thoroughly.
If you think you’ve been experiencing one or more of these problems then your clutch system should be looked at to see where the problem is coming from. Complete clutch failure is a very expensive and time consuming repair that no one wants to deal with so don’t let it happen to you.
Bring your car in to 2J’s Automotive and let the mechanics service and repair your clutch system and flywheels. Their free diagnostic test that most auto shops don’t even offer will enable them to locate the source of them problem so they can administer the proper services and repairs.
Our phones are answered around the clock so give us a call at 817-232-9866 if you have any questions regarding your clutch.