At Car Servicing and You our fully equipped workshop in Carnegie, next to Caulfield and Malvern East, provides clutch replacement and repairs for all makes and models. All our car repairs come with a minimum 12 month/20000km warranty.
Common clutch problems include:
- Gears grinding or crunching due to failure of the clutch to release properly when pressed.
- Excessive force required to press the clutch pedal.
- The clutch slips which creates the sensation of the engine revving very high but the car failing to accelerate normally.
- The car shudders as the clutch pedal is released.
If your car has a manual transmission, you need a clutch to smoothly engage a revving engine to a non-spinning transmission by controlling the slippage between them. A clutch works because of friction between a clutch plate and a flywheel and the clutch consists of several components that are all reliant on each other for smooth operation.
Clutch replacement generally includes replacing the clutch plate, the clutch cover or pressure plate and the release bearing which usually come together as a clutch kit. Replacing the entire clutch kit and machining the flywheel surface at the same time is recommended because replacing one component without the others may lead to premature clutch failure and another expensive clutch repair.
Clutches also require an operating mechanism between the clutch pedal and the clutch fork which the release bearing is mounted to. This can either be done hydraulically or via a cable. Clutch hydraulic systems consist of a clutch master cylinder and a clutch slave cylinder and lines that carry fluid between them.