How does a clutch work?
Although the term ‘clutch’ is usually associated with manual transmission cars, the clutch is present in automatic transmission vehicles as well. A clutch is needed in order to stop your car’s wheels from turning without killing your engine. The clutch allows your car to smoothly engage a spinning engine to a non-spinning transmission by controlling the slippage between them.
A clutch works because of the friction between a clutch plate and a fly wheel. The fly wheel connects to the engine, and the clutch plate connects to the transmission. When your foot is off the pedal, springs push a pressure plate against the clutch disc, which then presses against the fly wheel. This locks the engine to the transmission input shaft, causing them to spin at the same speed. When you press the clutch pedal to change gears, the pressure plate pulls back from the clutch plate, which then disconnects from the fly wheel. If one or more of these parts is damaged or worn out, your clutch will not work properly.
Modern clutches can last for up to 80,000 miles in normal driving conditions. Clutches on trucks that regularly carry heavy loads, however, can wear out much faster.
How do I know if my vehicle needs a clutch repair?
Some symptoms of a broken or worn out clutch include:
- Strange noises when the clutch pedal is pressed.
If you hear a grinding noise when you press your clutch pedal, this indicates the clutch is faulty or damaged or there is a low level of fluid in your vehicle.
- The clutch feels soft while pressing.
Because the clutch assembly carries a lot of weight, it should require some force to press the clutch pedal. If it is easier than usual to press the clutch pedal, there is an issue with your clutch.
- The clutch feels like it’s slipping.
If the clutch fails to engage even when the pedal is pressed fully, there is a problem. You may notice that the engine RPM is rising but the car is not going any faster. If you continue to press the clutch with no result, the other parts of your engine can overheat, causing more significant damage.
- The clutch pedal feels hard.
If the pedal feels hard and you have a hard time shifting gears, there is likely a problem with your vehicle’s hydraulic system.
If you are experiencing issues with your clutch, it is best to bring your car to a technician who can run a diagnostic test and efficiently tell you what the issue with your vehicle is. If you are in Conyers or surrounding areas, you can bring your car to Auto Tech Service Center.
Your Trusted Shop for Clutch Repair
Look no further than Auto Tech Service Center in Conyers to fulfill all your auto repair needs. Our technicians have decades of combined experience and can take care of your vehicle, any model and any make. We are dedicated to providing top-notch customer experience and will make sure any issues with your clutch are fixed as soon as possible. Here are some reasons why you should choose us:
- We exercise reasonable care for the customer’s property while it is in the shop’s possession.
- We cover Parts and Labor on Qualifying Repairs and Services for 24 Months/24,000 Miles.
- We employ ASE-certified technicians in all areas of work performed.
Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Auto Tech Service Center in Conyers today! You can schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 770-922-1480.