The clutch is a tricky part in that its lifespan is unpredictable. A clutch can last anywhere from 50,000 miles to 100,000 miles or more. It depends on the quality of the part and how well you take care of it. Lucas Auto Care can adjust or replace your European automobile’s clutch when it becomes necessary. Here are signs that time is now.
Burning odors coming from the clutch indicate that the clutch is slipping. Slipping means it engages initially but then disengages even though you still have the pedal depressed. This can cause additional problems aside from the burning odors you detect. It’s important to have the clutch looked at the minute you smell burning or hot odors coming from it.
Change in Pedal Resistance
An old and worn clutch will also give you different resistance. Instead of the normal tightness that you feel underneath your foot, an old and worn clutch will feel soft and squishy. This is a sign that the clutch needs to be replaced, or at least rebuilt with new parts. Another thing you might notice is a change in the bite point. The clutch will catch higher than normal.
If your vehicle is suddenly slipping out of gear, or if you are having problems getting the transmission to shift gears, this, too, is a sign that your clutch is going out. You should have no problem putting your automobile into first gear from Neutral, nor should you have difficulties shifting to each gear in the gear cycle. The automobile should stay in each gear until such time as you shift it.
Grinding or Squeaking Noises
Grinding noises are an indication that the clutch is worn and is not transferring the power to the transmission properly. Problems with the internal mechanisms of the clutch will also make it squeak when you press down on it. Any strange sounds coming from your engine as you shift gears are coming from the clutch are an indication of a clutch problem.
Finally, as we briefly touched upon above, the clutch is responsible for cutting the engine power so you can shift the gears. This power is removed from the engine and transferred to the transmission until you release the clutch. The transmission uses this power to turn the wheels via the drivetrain. If the power is not being transferred, your vehicle will have a hard time accelerating.
Stop by Lucas Auto Care in Cypress, TX, today if you believe your European automobile’s clutch is going out.