Clutches

DON'T BURN YOUR CLUTCH OUT. FOR CLUTCH REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT,
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CLUTCH REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT

Apart from the engine and the gearbox, the clutch is probably the most important component in your car or van. Without it, you would not 
be able to smoothly change gear and you would not be able to engage the engine properly - you'd have to try coasting everywhere.

When you press the clutch pedal, the clutch plate is held against the pressure plate, allowing the gears to be changed in the meantime. When 
you release the clutch pedal, the clutch plate engages with the engine's flywheel, harnessing the engine's power to turn the wheels and drive 
you forward.

PROBLEMS WITH A WORN-OUT CLUTCH

The condition of the clutch system affects the overall performance of your car or van. A worn clutch will increase your fuel consumption, 
costing you money, and it'll make your car less powerful too. If you let it get too bad, your car may lose drive completely.

So if you suspect that there is a problem with your clutch, bring it to us to be repaired or replaced.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR CLUTCH HAS 
BURNED OUT

Are you finding it hard to engage gear? Hear that classic crunching 
noise? Sometimes a failed clutch will make it impossible to engage 
any gear at all. Juddering during the pull-away can also be a tell-
tale sign. However, the most definitive sign is a noticeable burning 
smell. That smell tells you that the clutch is under severe strain 
and may need to be checked.

Another good clue is if the RPM increases when you press the 
throttle, but your car or van's speed does not increase at a similar 
rate. Burned out clutches fail to fully transfer the engine's power 
to the wheels.
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HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR CLUTCH

There are several simple ways to help your clutch last longer, 
saving you money. Don't rest your foot on the clutch pedal when you're driving, and if you're stationary, put your car into neutral. 
Don’t use the clutch to hold your car on a hill; use the handbrake.

It's important to have some free play in the pedal movement, a "buffer zone", before the clutch starts to have effect. You (or we) 
can adjust the cable housing or the clutch rod to achieve this. 
Also, if you have hydraulic clutch control, you should make sure 
the reservoir is topped up just as you would top up your brake 
fluid.
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