Your clutch is prone to wear and tear. It is likely to happen as the miles on your car build up or if you drive short trips in stop and go traffic or if you like driving at high-speed performance or sports style. New or inexperienced drivers are also hard on clutches, if this is the case, you will need to do clutch service sooner than later. However, familiarizing yourself with some of the known clutch issues can save you a lot of money. Moreover, you can troubleshoot many issues without the need of paid assistance.
If you hear a noise coming from your clutch, this is a clear indication that your clutch or one part connected to it needs attention. This may mean that you already need a thorough check on all of the clutch parts.
Aside from noise, another indicator that you may need clutch service is if there is slippage. The clutch must release to allow safe operation of the vehicle this permits us to stop and go and also change gears but if, after releasing the clutch the engine RPM’s increase but the vehicle speed does not or at highway speed in higher gears the same happens you may have a problem with your clutch and need replacement. If your clutch has high miles or been subjected to abuse, you might just need to replace it. Over time, the pressure plate clutch disc and the flywheel can wear with all the clutch activities.
Slippage may also be due to oil leakage regardless age. Oil leaks can cause damage to the clutch causing it to slip under load. This will create more slippage. When slippage occurs frequently, it will eventually damage your pressure plate clutch disc and your flywheel.
Another common issue is if your clutch would not release when the clutch pedal is depressed. At this point, the clutch may not be the issue but other parts that are associated to it. Some reasons for your clutch to act up like this are due to misaligned linkage, faulty clutch cylinders, broken cable, and defective clutch pedal.
If you are having difficulty shifting the clutch while driving, an issue with the clutch pedal is more likely. A linkage or cable in the clutch pedal might be causing this. A damaged pivot ball or release fork might be the reason, too. It could be that the seal surrounding the hydraulic system is defective causing loss of fluid that will limit the travel of the release bearing. Replacing them might solve the problem but if this issue reoccurred or has been present for a long period of time a bigger problem may be causing this. You may need a thorough clutch service for this one.
If your car was purchased used, you may need to have clutch service on the entire system. The previous owners might have done many upgrades on the clutch parts. If you are experiencing many issues from different parts, this is an indicator that the parts are not compatible to each other. The best thing you can do is to do an over haul on your clutch system to get them back working smoothly.
Wear and tear of your clutch is an inevitable thing to happen. However, how you use your clutch while you are on the road will determine your clutch’s life span. Giving it smooth and even shifting and taking care not to ride the clutch (leaving your foot on the clutch pedal while driving) are some of the things to help lengthen the life of your clutch. Moreover, do not forget a proper maintenance check on it frequently to avoid clutch service. Proper care and minor maintenance can add years and miles to your clutch.