Clutch

Imagine if every time you came to a physical stop in your car the engine stopped too! That is what would happen if there wasn’t a way of separating the spinning engine from the drive section of the car – that point of separation is your clutch.

Pressing the clutch pedal allows your wheels, gearbox, and clutch plate to stop spinning while your engine and flywheel keep spinning. We all remember those early driving lessons where we discovered the mysteries of “balancing the clutch” and letting it out smoothly so that the car didn’t suddenly develop “kangaroo petrol”.

A faulty clutch can be a real problem. Not only can it leave you stranded, it can also cost a lot of money to replace. That is why it is very important to know how to tell if your clutch is on the way out and take action before it wears out. If your clutch shows any signs of failure, the sooner you act, the better off you will be.

One of the major warning sign that your clutch is on the way out is the “feel” of your clutch pedal. If the pedal seems “squishy”, or if your clutch doesn’t engage until you’ve let the pedal almost all of the way out, then you may have a problem.

You may also be aware of a strong burning smell. If your clutch is going bad, you may smell something akin to burning newspaper. This smell indicates friction from a slipping clutch.

Look for problems when you change gear. If you get any shake or vibration as you engage the clutch it may be a sign that uneven wear is not allowing the clutch to engage smoothly.

At Tower Garage, our experienced team of mechanics, will be able to diagnose any problems with your clutch simply and quickly. If you have any suspicion that your clutch is on the way out contact us now to get it looked at – before you are left stranded on the side of the road!

Servicing

Neglecting your car servicing schedule is definitely a false economy. The current economic climate has meant many people have had to tighten their belts, but if we skimp on car servicing we could end up paying a lot more for expensive repair work in the future.

Car servicing should be placed as a necessary expense in our household budgets and, as far as is possible, the vehicle’s service schedule should be followed on time.

When you bring your car to Tower Garage for servicing you can be sure it will be well looked after:

  • The engine oil will be changed and the air filter is either cleaned or replaced depending on the car and its requirement.
  • The headlamps, indicator lights, taillights are checked.
  • The brake fluid levels are checked, and in case of power steering the power steering fluid is checked.
  • The emissions are checked and the car,will be tuned to minimise emissions.
  • We also look at the car’s service history and may change parts that are required to be changed after a certain mileage.
  • We will check the suspension and shock absorbers and the brake system.
  • The windshield wipers and fluid in the windshield wiper bottle is topped up.

Our service will not break the bank either, and we will always discuss any big expenses with you before carrying any remedial work out. To enquire about our standard cost for your car please complete the form on the right and we will contact you with our price.