What Is A Clutch?
If your truck has a manual transmission, you have a clutch. That clutch is a friction device that connects the engine to the transmission. When the pedal is pressed down, the clutch is released and the transmission is separated from the engine. This allows the truck to come to a stop without stalling the engine and makes shifting gears much easier as well.
While manual transmissions are getting rare these days, there are still many trucks with manual transmissions – and clutches – on the road. If you have a truck with a manual transmission, your clutch will wear out sooner or later. And when it does, your truck will not be able to move under its own power.
The clutch itself includes several separate components:
- A clutch disk — the friction device makes the connection between the engine and transmission
- A flywheel — what give the clutch disk a surface to hold onto
- A throw-out bearing — presses the pressure plate’s levers when the clutch pedal is pressed and releases the clutch
A pressure plate — the part that holds the clutch disk to the flywheel
Signs Your Clutch is Failing And You Need Clutch Replacement
Like most mechanical components, the clutch can begin to malfunction, needing clutch replacement. Here are some of the most common signs that your clutch is on the blink and needs immediate attention:
You release the clutch and the car simply revs. This could be accompanied by a burning smell that makes you think your car is about to keel over and die. If this happens a couple times a month, take notice and repairs.
If you wait till the truck does this more than once in a day, you will be calling a tow truck soon.
Basically, this means that the clutch is on its last legs and needs immediate attention. It will not begin as a major problem to fix, but it is enough to strike fear into the heart of most motorists who care for their motors.
If you are especially talented with DIY mechanics, this is not especially difficult although it is tedious and time-consuming. But if you lack the skills, experience and tools needed to do the job, it will probably be best to have your car taken to a diesel truck repair specialist who does this for a living.
Like most critical mechanical issues, if this is not addressed quickly, the results will be a truck that will need a tow truck soon!
Most often a full clutch replacement will include releasing the pilot bearing, replacing the clutch disc and resurfacing or completely replacing the flywheel. A professional service will typically replace the clutch bushing and the clutch pressure plate.
Tips For Making Your Clutch Last Longer
Once you have paid a considerable price to have your clutch replaced, you will want to keep your new system in optimal conditions for as long as possible. No one likes to have this problem twice, so here are some tips to keep your clutch working well for as long as possible.
- Although it is an easy habit to form, it is a bad idea to rest your foot on the clutch pedal when you are driving as this places unnecessary pressure on the pedal. Keep your foot off the pedal while driving the car.
- Make sure you have placed the car in neutral when you are stopped. If you are waiting for the light to change, or have stopped for any reason whatsoever, make sure you have taken your car out of gear. Otherwise, the pressure applied to the clutch will result in early damage that is best avoided.
- The transmission on a car with automatic transmission will last far longer than their manual counterparts. Remember that caring for your clutch is a big part of owning and operating a car with manual transmission.
Are you seeing signs that your clutch is failing? Give Ledom’s Repair a call today and let us replace your clutch with top-quality components and an installation that can’t be beat!
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