The clutch system is a vital aspect of every manual car. Being exposed to friction at almost all times through every journey, it is no surprise that they can eventually wear down. Before this occurs, warning signs may expose themselves, each of which could impact your driving experience and could eventually result in a breakdown. To prevent your vehicle reaching this point, we have created a guide on the warning signs to look and listen out for, as well as what you should do if you do experience a worn clutch.

What is the clutch?

A clutch is a feature only present in manual vehicles. It is relied on for the ability to change gears, as well as keeping your vehicle running without stalling when at a complete stop with the engine running. It is most often operated by a foot pedal which is situated alongside the brake and accelerator.

What are the signs of clutch failure?

There are a range of signs that could signal an oncoming fault to your clutch. These include:

  • The feeling that your clutch is either vibrating, loose, spongy, or stuck when you press down on it
  • You begin to notice that your clutch is making a squeaking or grinding sound when you press down on it
  • You struggle to change gears with ease whilst on the road
  • Your vehicle doesn’t seem to accelerate, no matter how much pressure you apply to the accelerator
  • You notice a puddle beneath your car which could indicate a drop in your clutch fluid level, and therefore a leak in its system
  • You find that the clutch slips out of gear when releasing your foot from the pedal, causing a drop in momentum whilst travelling on the road

What to do if the clutch fails on the road

In some instances, clutches can fail whilst on the road. If this was to occur to your vehicle, you should stop the car in the closest possible safe space, switch on your hazard lights to warn other drivers and then switch the engine off. Remember, you should always stand in a location which keeps you out of the way of any potential harm or danger, even if this does end up being a long distance away from your vehicle. Once in a safe location, you should call for roadside recovery assistance.

How to fix a clutch

If you are experiencing any of the above signs and symptoms, you should book your vehicle in at your local or preferred garage for a clutch inspection and repair. Whilst the time and cost can vary from garage to garage, many mechanics will be able to advise on the predicted time required, as well as providing a ballpark quote.

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