We supply and fit clutches to suit all makes and models or cars and vans. Our clutches are competitively priced.
All manual transmission cars have a clutch fitted. Some vehicles with an automatic, semi-automatic or tip-tronic transmission have clutches.
The clutch controls drive between the engine and your car’s wheels. This is done through friction plates in the clutch. As your engine, once turned on, is constantly rotating the clutch allows your car to operate without the wheels turning. For your car’s engine to operate without its wheels turning, the clutch controls friction between the engine and the transmission.
The clutch contains a large friction disc. When the clutch is not operated then the friction disc is in contact with the engines fly wheel and provides drive to the transmission. When the clutch pedal is pressed down the friction plate is pulled away from the flywheel which allows the car’s engine to keep rotating without providing power to the transmission and onwards to the wheels.
The clutch plays such an important role in your car’s operation and it is important to use it properly. Using your clutch gently can extend its use by as much as 50%, while use it in a reckless manner can cut its effective use in half.
Extending the life of Your Clutch
- Do not rest your foot on the clutch pedal while driving. If you do you will take the slack up between the thrust bearing and release bearings and wear them out.
- When you come to a halt at traffic lights or in queueing traffic, do not leave the car in gear with your foot on the clutch.
- Do not hold the car on an incline by slipping the clutch. Doing this for extended periods will wear the friction surface.
- Do not slip the clutch to avoid gear changing
- Make sure there is a little free play in the clutch pedal movement before you feel the clutch begin to operate.
- If you have a hydraulic clutch control, make sure the reservoir is topped up.
Self Checking Your Clutch
The main symptoms of failing clutches are:
- Difficulty in selecting gears
- Continuous crunching noises especially when changing gear
- Inability to select gears
- Juddering when pulling away
- Poor acceleration when throttle is pressed
- Burning smell
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms please give our Autocentre a call to book a free no obligation appointment. We are based at our Autocentre in Sheffield near to The Don Valley Olympic Legacy Park. We also provide mobile servicing, reapir and tyre replacement.