The clutch is the component in manual transmission vehicles that disengages the engine from the transmission when shifting gears. The clutch has two main parts: the clutch disc and the pressure plate. The clutch disc is connected to the transmission and is located between the pressure plate and the flywheel. When the clutch is not engaged, the clutch disc spins alongside the flywheel and engine, which eases the transfer of power from the engine to the transmission. The pressure plate uses springs to apply force on the clutch disc to allow it to connect with the flywheel. This ensures that engine power is being successfully transferred to the transmission.
Signs of a bad clutch
- Hard shifting
- Loose clutch pedal
- Vehicle does not get into gear
- Clutch slips
- Clutch jerks around when engaged
- Growling noises
- Engine stalls
If you notice any of the above signs, get your clutch serviced by a car care professional as soon as possible. Since the clutch resides between the engine and the transmission, there is a fair amount of labor involved in accessing and repairing or replacing it. Your technician will also inspect the vehicle for any potential leaks that may have caused the clutch issue. After the clutch is repaired or replaced, if your vehicle is a front-wheel drive it is recommended that you get a tire alignment done as well.
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