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Do you have a faulty clutch?

CAR supply and fit car clutches to suit all makes and models of cars.

Here are a few tips to prolong the life of car clutches;

Don’t rest your foot on the clutch pedal while driving; you will take up the slack between thrust and release bearings and wear them out.

gearboxDon’t leave the car in gear with your foot on the clutch at traffic lights for the same reason.

Don’t hold the car on a hill by slipping the clutch for longer than absolutely necessary when doing a hill-start. You will wear out the friction surface.

Release the handbrake gradually with your thumb on the release button as you lift the clutch and press the accelerator.
Don’t slip clutches deliberately to avoid changing gear.

Make sure that there is a little free play in the pedal movement before you start to feel the weight; if there is no slack you may need to adjust the cable housing or the clutch rod.

If you have hydraulic clutch control, make sure the reservoir is as well topped up as that for the brake system.
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The main symptoms of burnt / worn out clutches are as follows:-
  • Difficulty in engaging gear. Normally there will be the classic crunching noise.
  • Inability to engage gear at all.
  • A juddering when pulling away from a stationary position.
  • A pronounced burning smell.
  • The engine RPM increases when the throttle pedal is depressed, but vehicle speed does not increase as it would normally be expected to do.

Helpful Note:

A faulty clutch will not only mean you are likely to break down, you will also be considerably increasing your fuel consumption.