Do You Need Clutch Repair?

Many auto repairs can be well done by the motivated owner who’s willing to get a little dirty and possibly follow a manual. However, clutch repair is not one of those repairs. Most owners have found that taking their clutch repair to an experienced mechanic right off the bat saves far more than having to hire one to clean up the damage done by an amateur job gone wrong.

Older vehicles with mileage between 50,000 and 70,000 often experience clutch problems however, the harder your vehicle works the sooner the clutch problems occur. What typically goes first on a clutch is the friction material on the disc. The clutch will begin to slip and after time won’t conduct power from the engine to the wheels.

On the other end of the spectrum, there is “sticking”. Because the clutch isn’t releasing correctly, it continues to turn the input shaft. This leads to grinding or preventing the transmission from going into gear.

The following problems are what leads to this symptom known as sticking:

  • The clutch cable requires just the right amount of tension to push and pull effectively. When the clutch cable is damaged or stretched, you’ll experience sticking.
  • Leaks will hinder the cylinders from creating the perfect amount of pressure needed. Consequently sticking sometimes is rooted in a leaky or defective slave and/or master clutch cylinder.
  • The fluid needs space to build pressure. When there is air in the hydraulic line it creates that sticking.
  • There are times when the linkage is misadjusted. When your foot hits the pedal, the linkage transmits the wrong amount of force.
  • Not every aftermarket part works with your specific clutch. Mismatched clutch components are also a cause for much needed clutch repair.

Whatever the problem is that you’re experiencing, a trained mechanic will have the know-how and even the specialized tools for your clutch repair. Finding a mechanic with expertise will also benefit you, as they will know whether you need clutch repair or clutch replacement, and that’s an important bit of knowledge when it comes to your vehicle.