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Common Clutch Problems – How to Tell Your Clutch Needs Attention

Although many motorists now prefer the convenience that automatic transmissions provide, manual transmissions are actually far more reliable. And as long as you don’t ‘thrash’ your transmission, it should go well over 200,000 kilometres without giving you any problems.

Nevertheless, all transmissions will require attention at some point in time, and as with any automotive issue, it’s always best to have your clutch seen to by an experienced and qualified technician before it becomes a safety issue. Here are a few of the most common clutch-related problems explained.

Clutch Slipping

This is one of the most common clutch-related problems that motorists experience, the causes of which are usually brought about by the driver, for example, riding the clutch on hills or failing to address oil contamination. Some of the many causes of a newly installed clutch slipping may include:

  • Defective cable adjuster
  • Incorrect release system adjustment
  • Improperly installed release bearing

Whatever the problem with your clutch, having it seen to sooner rather than later will reduce repair costs and could also help you avoid having to fork out for a new clutch.

Clutch Chattering

This condition occurs when the clutch is engaged and is defined by a grabbing or jerking movement. A number of internal causes may be responsible for this clutch condition, including:

  • Grooved or warped flywheel
  • Worn pilot bearing/bushings
  • Bent or distorted clutch discs

Additionally, clutch chattering can also be caused by a number of external causes, such as:

  • Worn or damaged U-joints or CV joints
  • Loose engine or transmission mounts
  • Bent or worn release forks

Our qualified automotive technicians are experienced in clutch diagnosis and can identify and repair any internal or external issues that cause your clutch to chatter.

Clutch Doesn’t Release

When the clutch pedal is fully depressed (pressed to the floor) and doesn’t release completely, the input shaft will continue to be turned by the disc. This can cause all sorts of problems, such as noticeable grinding when changing gears, inability to shift from neutral into gear, or the engine stalling when stopping. This could be caused by:

  • Worn pilot bearing/bushings
  • Bent clutch drive straps
  • Air in the cylinders or hydraulic line

Whatever the issue you’re experiencing with your clutch, our expert technicians can diagnose the fault and provide a lasting solution. For all your clutch diagnosis and repair needs, give SNC Automotive a call.

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