A Clutch is the most powerful part of a manual transmission vehicle. It is a device that connects two or more rotating shafts. Normally, one shaft is connected with an engine while the other one provides the output power for work. In other words, a car clutch is simply a mechanical device that transfers the rotational power from the engine to the wheels in any manual vehicle. It plays a primary role while changing the speed and allowing your car to come at a complete stop without turning off the engine.
This was a little knowledge about what a car clutch does?
Now, if you are living in any of the metro cities of India, then this guide will surely help your clutch to last long. If taken good care, your car clutch can last for more than 70,000 Kilometers. But, most of the people have to get it replaced at just 10,000 Kilometers while the car clutch life might long for 1,00,000 Kilometers.
Symptoms Highlighting Common Clutch Problems
A car clutch is a complex component that suffers some major wear and tear problems. Well, given below are some of the symptoms that let you know that your car clutch is wearing out.
- Trouble Changing Gear: It’s a minor repairing problem if you are facing trouble while shifting gears. But yes, it’s a quick indicator of clutch failure.
- Chirping Noise: You might hear a sharp chirping noise when you release your foot from the clutch pedal while driving. These noises are due to the worn-out clutch release bearings
- Clutch Slipping: Clutch slipping means that the clutch has already started wearing-out. If your car is experiencing Clutch Slipping, then you might have to change the entire clutch assembly
- Shuddering: Shuddering happens in the engine when some oil or grease gets accumulated or when you drive through a waterlogged road. this results in trouble when you change gears at slow speed.
Diagnosing your clutch
If you suspect the above-mentioned symptoms or problems while driving your car, then there are some easy ways to diagnose the clutch problems. Here is an easy 4-steps diagnosis guide.
Step-1: Turn on the ignition, put the handbrake and keep the car in neutral
Step-2: Now, without pushing any pedal, just listen to a noise which sounds like a low growl. In case, you do not hear any sound, then just follow with the third step. But, if you hear a growling sound, then there is something wrong with the transmission on your clutch.
Step-3: While keeping the gear in neutral, push down the clutch pedal and listen out for noise. if you do not hear any sound, then proceed to the final step. But, if you hear a squeaking sound, then there is a problem with your clutch.
Step-4: Push the clutch pedal all the way down. Now, this time if you hear a squeaking sound, then there is an issue with the pilot bearing or the bushing.
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8 Bad Habits That Damage Your Car Clutch
1. Keeping the car in gear at a red traffic signal
Make sure that whenever your car is at rest, it is in the neutral gear. You must not get engaged with the clutch pedal. Holding the clutch for a longer period can damage its ball bearing.
2. Resting the foot on the clutch pedal
It is the most common habit. The situation is different for a petrol car and a diesel one. In petrol cars, the clutch is very light. Thus, the weight of your foot will cause it to disengage the clutch partially which will further cause it to slip and wear rapidly. While in diesel cars, the clutch is very hard and therefore you can afford to rest your foot on it. But, prevention is better than cure.
3. Resting your hand on the gear
Many of you have a habit of resting your hand on gear. Well, it’s high time to know that this is not a good habit at all. Why? the reason being that resting your hand on gear puts pressure on the gear forks. This further hampers the rotation of the rotating collar which in turn can be quite expensive to get the repair done.
4. Slipping the clutch to accelerate faster
The clutch slips when we do not release the clutch pedal completely while driving. Due to this, the engine rpm rises quickly but it does not transfer all the energy to the transmission. Further, slipping the clutch causes overheating and heavy damage to the clutch plates.
5. Changing the gear slowly
This is the very usual practices of the new or learning drivers. When you push down the clutch pedal, make sure you change the gear quickly otherwise it will cause the clutch slipping.
6. Releasing the clutch too soon
Releasing the clutch too quickly will make your car jerk while putting excessive pressure on the engine. This will further overheat the clutch and deteriorates the clutch rapidly.
7. Launching your car
Well, you might be loving the speeding car, but it can result in the expensive repair of the entire clutch system of your car. Launching means to press the clutch pedal and raising the rpm to 4000-5000. This, in turn, can be very destructive for the entire clutch system.
8. Riding the Clutch
Riding the clutch happens when you do not release the clutch completely while driving the manual transmission vehicle. Riding the clutch is quite different from Slipping the clutch. When your car is in motion and has gone past the biting point where the clutch input is not needed yet the clutch is slightly depressed. This is called riding the clutch. Just make sure that you only press the clutch pedal at the time when you’re changing gears otherwise it will cause to slipping a bit and abnormal wear will happen.
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