Clutch failed? slipping? noisey? dragging? smelling?

Don't despair I will come to you and get you back on the road ASAP

So why
do we need
a clutch?

In a car you need a clutch because the engine spins all the time, but your wheels don’t. In order for your car to stop moving without turning the engine off you need to stop the turning power of the engine reaching your gearbox/wheels and this is done via a clutch.

By having the ability to control the power transferring between the engine and the gearbox we are able to smoothly control the speed of our car.

So how
does the
clutch work?

The clutch assembly consists of a pressure plate and a flywheel and they ‘stick’ together with the power of friction. This allows the spinning motion of the engine to be transferred to the gearbox.

When you press down on the clutch pedal in your car a ‘fork’ pushes a bearing which in turn pulls the pressure plate away from the flywheel. By breaking the surface contact all the friction is lost and now the engine is able to continue turning without turning the gearbox of wheels.

Why does
my clutch stop

There are many reasons why the clutch may stop working or develop faults but by far the most common is for the clutch pressure plate to loose the material on it, which in turns stop the friction meaning the clutch doesn’t grip as it should. As a driver this will feel like a lack of power,  excessive engine revving or struggling to get up a hill and is often referred to as a ‘slipping clutch’

Modern clutch setups can be very complicated and include many components such as cables, hydrolics and various setups with the pressure plates and flywheels. All of these components will suffer from wear & tear or can easily be misaligned or damaged due to misuse, accidental damage or age.

How long
should my
clutch last?

Historically 50,000 miles was good going for a clutch but with recent developments of hydrolics, self adjusting pedals, dual mass flywheels and more effecient production it is common to see clutches well over 80,000 miles.

The life of a clutch will largely be dependant on the complexity of the setup, the power of the engine, the type of miles driven etc

Can I prolong
the life of
my clutch?

Yes of course, there are a few driving habits and styles you can squash and adopt to ensure you get the most life from your clutch as possible.


  • Don’t ride your clutch (foot on the pedal as you drive).
  • Don’t keep the clutch down and the gear in gear when stationary, instead put the car into neutral.
  • Keep gear changes quick and smooth, the longer the clutch is open the more wear it puts on it.
  • Only use the clutch when needed, try to look ahead and ensure your gear changes are thoughtful and needed.

I think I have
a clutch problem,
what next?

After reading through this you believe you may have a clutch problem then please do get in touch. I will be able to talk you through some options and provide a no obligation quote if needed.

I provide a fully mobile service and will come on site to you, I can supply the parts and carry out all the work at a time and place that works for you. I will have you back on the road as soon as possible with a fully working clutch!

Call me (Dean) today on 07984671505













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