It takes a certain finesse to drive a manual transmission. One of the main components of the system is the clutch, which is the device that transfers the power from the engine to the wheels. It is a vital aspect of a manual transmission’s operation, and if it’s in poor condition, it can compromise the entire system. Visit Cottman of Cincinnati for clutch repair today!
Clutch Repair Done Right, Today
Our technicians are well-versed in all clutch services. With our talented team, advanced tools and technology, and affordable prices, Cottman of Cincinnati is the ideal choice for clutch repair! Visit us today at 665 Batavia Pike. For further guidance, consult our team at 513-688-7522.
How Does the Clutch Work?
The clutch is but one part of the manual transmission system, but it’s one of the most important. Every shift requires the clutch’s engagement, in addition to the release of the accelerator. With these two actions in play, you can then shift the transmission with your hand. When you press the clutch pedal, it temporarily breaks the connection between the engine and wheels. This is needed to change speeds and come to a complete stop without shutting off the engine. The clutch consists of its own network of components: a clutch disk, flywheel, pressure plate, and throwout bearing. The clutch disk is the connection between the engine and transmission; the flywheel is the surface the disk holds onto; the pressure plate is what holds the disk to the flywheel; the throwout bearing is what presses the levers onto the pressure plate when the clutch is engaged.
Common Clutch Problems
In our repair shop, we specialize in transmission service and repair. If your manual transmission is exhibiting subpar or unusual performance, the clutch may very well be the reason why. When you come in for clutch repair, we’ll troubleshoot and fix the issue. Usually, the clutch fails to disengage or fails to engage fully. If it fails to properly disengage, it could be a matter of a broken/loose clutch cable or linkage, failed hydraulic master/slave cylinder, low or leaking hydraulic fluid, or a broken motor/transmission mount. If it fails to properly engage, common issues could include corroded linkages/cables, a seized slave cylinder or throw out bearing, weak pressure plate springs, or a warped pressure plate or flywheel. Additional problems that warrant clutch repair include worn pilot bearings, faulty clutch cables, burned or glazed friction surfaces, and loose engine or transmission mounts.
How to Make Your Clutch Last
A clutch won’t last forever, with complete replacement of the system needed about every 60,000 miles (some last 30,000 miles, others 100,000 miles). Signs your clutch could be failing include a squeal or rumble when engaged or a chatter when you accelerate. The pedal may also pulsate or feel loose/spongy, remain stuck to the floor, or is hard to engage if there is an internal issue and need for clutch repair. The exact interval for replacement depends on your vehicle and how you drive. However, there are a few driving habits to practice that will help its longevity: do not leave your foot on the clutch, come to a steady stop when able and pull away smoothly, be mindful about clutch usage when on inclines, and limit use of the clutch when braking.