How does a clutch work?
Although the term 'clutch' is usually associated with manual transmission cars, the clutch is present in automatic transmission vehicles as well. A clutch is needed in order to stop your car (stop the wheels from turning) without killing your engine. The clutch allows your car to smoothly engage a spinning engine to a non-spinning transmission by controlling the slippage between them.
A clutch works because of the friction between a clutch plate and a fly wheel. The fly wheel connects to the engine, and the clutch plate connects to the transmission. When your foot is off the pedal, springs push the pressure plate against the clutch disc, which in turn presses against the fly wheel. This locks the engine to the transmission input shaft, causing them to spin at the same speed. When you press the clutch pedal to change gears, the pressure plate pulls back from the clutch plate, which then disconnects from the fly wheel. If one or more of these parts is damaged or worn out, your clutch will not work properly. We at Sav-Mor Automotive can identify what the issue with your clutch is and repair it as efficiently as possible.
These days, clutches can last for up to 80,000 miles in normal driving conditions. Clutches on trucks that regularly carry heavy loads, however, can wear out much faster.
How do I know if my vehicle needs a clutch repair?
If your clutch is broken, you may require a clutch replacement. If you are in Plano, Richardson, Murphy, Lucas, Garland, or nearby, Some symptoms of a broken or worn out clutch include:
- Strange noises when the clutch pedal is pressed.
If you hear a grinding noise when you press your clutch pedal, this indicates the clutch is faulty or damaged or there is a low level of fluid in your vehicle.
- The clutch feels soft while pressing.
Because the clutch assembly is heavy, it should require some force to press the clutch pedal. If it is easier than usual to press the clutch pedal, there is an issue with your clutch.
- The clutch feels like it's slipping.
If the clutch fails to engage even when the pedal is pressed fully, there is a problem. You may notice that the engine RPM is rising but the car is not going any faster. If you continue to press the clutch with no result, the other parts of your engine can overheat, causing more significant damage.
- The clutch pedal feels hard.
If the pedal feels hard and you have a hard time shifting gears, there is likely a problem with your vehicle's hydraulic system.
If you are experiencing issues with your clutch, it is best to bring your car to a technician who can run a diagnostic test and efficiently make the pertinent repairs. If you are in the 75074 area or nearby, you can bring your car to Sav-Mor Automotive. In addition to clutch repair, we also offer other services such as engine repair, brake repair, and ongoing scheduled maintenance.
Your Trusted Shop for Clutch Repair
Look no further than Sav-Mor Automotive in Collin County to fulfill all your auto repair needs. We've been repairing vehicles since 1963 and our technicians and owner Brenner can take care of your vehicle, any model and any make, including Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, and Honda. We are dedicated to providing top-notch customer experience and will make sure any issues with your clutch are fixed as soon as possible. Here are some reasons you should choose Sav-Mor Automotive in Plano:
- All our services come with a 36 month/36,000 mile warranty.
- We are a NAPA AutoCare shop and offer NAPA Easy Pay financing.
- We have 80 five-star reviews from plenty of satisfied customers.
- We work with a variety of groups, including Boy Scouts, the University of Texas - Dallas, and Living For Zachary, to help and build a community that we and our neighbors are proud to be a part of.
Don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with Sav-Mor Automotive in Plano today! You can schedule an appointment with us online at https://www.sav-morautomotive.com/appointments or give us a call at 972-696-7319. Sav-Mor Automotive: Family owned and operated since 1963.