A clutch is a mechanical device that engages and disengages the power transmission. The clutch acts as a link between the engine and transmission and briefly disconnects, or separates the engine from the driveshaft whenever the pedal is depressed, allowing a smooth change of gear.
You need a clutch in your car because the engine spins all the time, but the car’s wheels do not. In order for a vehicle to stop without killing the engine, the wheels need to be disconnected from the engine somehow. The clutch allows us to smoothly engage a spinning engine to a non-spinning transmission by controlling any slippage between them.
The most common problem with clutches is that the friction material on the disc wears out. When most or all of the friction material is gone, the clutch will start to slip, and eventually, it won’t transmit any power from the engine to the wheels.
At Dingwall Autos we offer a high range of quality new clutches in Liverpool, which are supplied by Europe’s leading clutch manufacturers.
It is important to get specialist advice before fitting a new clutch as many symptoms could indicate a problem with the clutch, whilst the real problem may be something entirely different such as engine revving, slipping fan belt or minor adjustments.
Common clutch faults include:
- Slip: Caused by oil on the friction plate or worn friction plate, the systems of clutch slip are partial or total loss of drive, and vehicle speed lower than normal compared with engine speed.
- Drag: Clutch cable not at correct adjustment or centre plate sticking on splines. The symptoms of this would be difficulty in obtaining gear, particularly first and reverse gear.
- Judder: Caused by warped friction plate or engine/gearbox mounts broken. The symptoms of this would be a shudder and vibration as the vehicle moves off from rest.
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