Common Clutch Problems and What to Do
At some point your car’s clutch is going to wear down and require servicing. Much like your brakes the clutch will not last forever. Depending on how you drive can largely depend on when they need to be looked at.
Nowadays clutches can last up to around 80,000 miles but if you drive rather hard and aggressive clutches can start to break down around 35,000-40,000 miles. Trucks that frequently carry heavy loads will often experience clutch problems earlier than usual as well.
If you suspect something is amiss with your clutch then run through a quick checklist to see if you can identify the problem.
- With the car running, set the parking brake and put it in neutral.
- If you are hearing some kind of noise at this time then there may be a problem with the transmission. If no noise is being heard then continue investigating.
- Start pressing down on the clutch pedal to see if you hear any noise. If a squeaking sound is heard then there could be a problem with the release or bearing. However if no noise is still being heard then check one more thing.
- Press the clutch pedal all the way down to the floor. If a noise is heard at this time then the pilot bearing or bushing could be at fault.
After running through this checklist you still don’t hear any noise then odds are the clutch isn’t the problem you’re experiencing.
One of the more common problems with clutches is slippage. Slippage is caused when the friction material on the clutch disc starts to wear out very similarly to how a brake pad wears out.
If you think you need a component inspected, repaired, or replaced then bring your car into 2J’s Automotive and let our certified mechanics do the work for you. We service all makes and models at our Fort Worth auto shop so bring your vehicle in for the best automotive service and repair in the area.
We also offer free diagnostic tests valued at $80 so stop by our auto repair shop for servicing or call us at 817-232-9866 if you have any questions.