Diagnosing a Clutch Problem
The more you drive your car the more you get accustomed to hearing noises while driving. There are some noises you are aware of that are more harmless than others but as soon as you hear something that starts to sound progressively worse than you should take time to address the problem.
If you suspect that your car’s clutch is what is causing the problem then there are some key areas worth noting. You should pay attention to what gear you are in, how fast you are going, and how loud the noise is and if and when it goes away.
First identify the problem and you will then be able to find out what is causing it.
- Excessive noise in the clutch – if you’re hearing more noise than usual in the clutch then it could be caused by riding the clutch, having too little free play, or lack of lubrication.
- Clutch slippage – to test this, start the engine and apply the brakes, then shift the car into high gear and slowly release the clutch. If the clutch is good then the engine will stall but if it slips then it may be caused by a worn pressure plate, low fluid, or a bad clutch plate.
- Clutch won’t release – if the clutch fails to release properly then it can be caused by bad cylinder, low fluid, or air in the line.
Many clutch services and repairs are left for trained mechanics to deal with but if you think you know the process then feel free to troubleshoot the problems you’re experiencing. If not then visit us at 2J’s Automotive and let our professionals give your vehicle a service and repair you can count on.
We can give you a free diagnostic test ($80 value) to see what’s wrong with your clutch and flywheels and give you the proper services and repairs so you can get back out on the road. Give us a call at 817-232-9866 if you have any questions.