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Signs that your clutch is going

Your vehicle’s clutch is one of the most frequently used mechanical components. For example, you need to operate your clutch pedal every time you need to change gears and to stop the vehicle slowly without stalling. The clutch consists of a number of mechanical components and this results in regular wear and tear.

There are many factors that contribute to how long your clutch will last. This could depend on the age of your car, car maintenance and your style of driving. If you do a lot of stop-start driving to work, then your clutch is likely to wear sooner as you will be shifting between lower gears more often.

If you’re experiencing any of the below symptoms, you may need a clutch replacement:

  • Spongy, sticking, vibrating or loose clutch pedal when pressed
  • Squeaking or grumbling noise when pressed
  • Ability to rev the engine, but poor acceleration
  • Difficulty shifting gear
  • ‘Slipping’ clutch, causing a momentary loss of acceleration.
  • Shudder as you release the clutch

If you continue to drive with a problem with your clutch it can cause more damage to other areas, such as to the flywheel (the geared plate that bolts to your engine’s crankshaft). Continuing to drive your vehicle with a slipping clutch may generate enough heat to damage your engine’s front main bearing and may lead to transmission damage. Attend to your vehicle’s clutch related problems as soon as you notice a possible issue.

If you have noticed a possible clutch related problem call Thomas Auto Tec on 01736 755684