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 slipping, 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!