Auto Repair

Empire Auto Care Lists the Signs the Clutch Is Going Bad Below

Driving an automobile equipped with a manual transmission can be a lot of fun. You are in control! Empire Auto Care can help keep your manual transmission and its clutch in tiptop shape with regular services and adjustments. For example, the transmission should be serviced every 30,000 miles and the clutch should be adjusted every 6,000 miles. Below, we are going to list the signs that your clutch is going bad. Bring your vehicle to our shop at the first indication of trouble.

Changes in How the Clutch Feels

One of the things that can happen with an old clutch is it will change the way it feels underneath your foot. The clutch may start to feel too soft or too spongy when you press down on it. It may also feel harder than normal. Any type of changes in the clutch’s resistance level should be looked into as soon as possible. The sooner we address the problem the less chance of a need to replace the clutch.

Changes in Where the Clutch Catches

This includes changes in where the clutch catches. Normally, when the clutch is going bad, the catch point at which you shift the gears gets higher. The change in the location may be subtle at first, but you will notice the point getting higher and higher as the clutch wears out more and more. If the clutch itself is still in good shape, we may be able to restore the original catch point by adjusting the clutch.

Overheating Odors From the Clutch

A definite sign that your clutch needs to be replaced is if it overheats. When this happens, you will smell hot odors coming from the clutch when you engage and disengage it. This is a sign that the clutch is slipping, which means that the power transfer between the engine and the transmission reverts back to the engine prematurely. The clutch releases itself even though you haven’t released it.

Problems Shifting the Gears

Of course, if the power is not with the transmission, you will have problems shifting the gears. The most common thing you will notice is that the gears will grind every time you shift them. This is definitely an indication that the power is not with the transmission.

Acceleration That Hesitates

Another indication that the power is not with the transmission is acceleration hesitation after you release the clutch. This, too, points to a slipping clutch that needs to be replaced.

Empire Auto Care in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is here to help, so give us a ring today to set up a clutch inspection.

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