When it comes to car parts, the clutch is definitely one of the most important. Therefore, a clutch repair problem needs to be addressed quickly if you notice any issues. Why? Because when the clutch stops working appropriately, it makes the vehicle difficult or impossible to operate. The following information will help you determine when it’s time for repair.
What is a Clutch?
In vehicles, a clutch is necessary because the engine spins constantly, however the wheels don’t. For a car to be able to stop without killing the engine, the wheels need to be able to disconnect from the engine. The clutch makes it possible to efficiently engage an engine that’s spinning to a non-spinning transmission by controlling any slippage between them. The friction between these parts creates a powerful connection and the motion of the engine is then transmitted to the transmission. When they’re not firmly held in place, the clutch disc ends up losing contact which stops it from spinning, breaking the linkage.
How to Determine If You Need a Clutch Repair
A clutch repair problem can end up putting you in a bad situation if the clutch ends up failing. That’s why it’s so important to be able to recognize the signs that a malfunction is developing. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms below, you more than likely need a clutch repair or replacement.
- Having trouble shifting gear
- The loss of acceleration due to a ‘slipping’ clutch
- Poor acceleration even if you can rev the engine
- A grumbling or squeaky noise when you press the clutch
- A vibrating, sticking, spongy, or loose clutch pedal
The cost of clutch repair or replacement will vary, depending on the problem and the model of vehicle.
Is a Clutch Repair Covered Under Warranty?
Clutch failure repairs are not covered under warranty because they’re typically related to the way a car is driven. Poor driving habits (riding the clutch, etc.) can end up decreasing a vehicle’s life expectancy dramatically. That’s why manufacturers have classified clutches as a consumable and don’t cover it under warranties. If the problem with the clutch isn’t due to driver abuse, you can ask your mechanic to determine if the root cause is covered under warranty. Unfortunately, if there isn’t any evidence of a material or manufacturing defect, you’ll have to pay for the new clutch and any cost related to fitting.
How Long Should a Clutch Last?
There are several factors that play a role in how long a clutch should last. Clutches are built to last between 50,000 and 100,000 miles, sometimes longer. That said, how long the clutch will last also depends on how well you’ve maintained it and how you drive. For instance, if you do a significant amount of stop-start driving in the city, the clutch will more than likely wear out faster because you’ll be shifting between lower gears more often. To learn more or schedule your clutch repair,click here.