The clutch might be another one of the most important mechanisms in your car. Maintenance and replacement is necessary especially if you drive on a daily basis and long distances.
Wear is a common problem that is caused by constant clutch compression. This is a normal occurrence that happens when you drive but you need to know when to change the clutch. You can tell that there is wearing on the component when you notice that the clutch keeps slipping.
A jumpy take off can also indicate that your clutch needs to be replaced as soon as possible. A term for this is called clutch judder and can easily be noticed due to the jumpy take off from a complete stand still position.
Knowing the length of time that the clutch will last is difficult to tell because of the different models, materials and styles of driving there are. Mechanics suggest that you may have to get the clutch replaced every 200,000 kilometres. This is an indication that your clutch is durable enough to last as long as your car.
There are sometimes other causes why your clutch is failing on you. In these cases you won’t have to worry about getting the clutch replaced. These causes are:
- The cable might be stretched or broken. This is the cable that assists with pushing and pulling for effective driving.
- Faulty clutch cylinders might have a leakage or crack somewhere thus losing the correct amount of pressure.
- Air bubbles within the hydraulic system will affect driving. An air bubble can cause jumpiness making the drive uncomfortable until releasing the gas from the pipes.
- Unadjusted linkage will affect the way you drive. The force and pressure is incorrect when you apply the clutch.
Clutch burnout is also a common problem for those who use the clutch incorrectly. You will be able to either smell if you have this problem or see smoke escaping from the car.
If the clutch pedal is difficult to push down there may be an issue with the hydraulic system or the clutch cable. This might not require a change of the component but it is always important to check.
A clutch kit needs to be properly installed to ensure that you have a safe drive. Keeping the clutch well maintained will also help to keep the car in good condition without damaging extra parts. Don’t ignore the signs.