The most common problem with clutches is that the friction material on the disc wears out. When most or all of the friction material is gone, the clutch will start to slip, and eventually it won’t transmit any power from the engine to the wheels.
The clutch only wears while the clutch disc and the flywheel are spinning at different speeds. When they are locked together, the friction material is held tightly against the flywheel, and they spin in sync. It’s only when the clutch disc is slipping against the flywheel that wearing occurs. So, if you are the type of driver who slips the clutch a lot, you’ll wear out your clutch a lot faster.
Sometimes the problem is not with slipping, but with sticking. If your clutch won’t release properly, it will continue to turn the input shaft. This can cause grinding, or completely prevent your car from going into gear.
Some common reasons a clutch may stick are:
- Broken or stretched clutch cable
- Leaky or defective slave and/or master clutch cylinders
- Air in the hydraulic
- Misadjusted linkage
- Mismatched clutch components
Every time you have your clutch worked on, it is a good rule of thumb to resurface your flywheel. One of our fully trained mechanics can help you decide whether resurfacing or replacing the flywheel is appropriate.
- For example, if there’s glazing or discolouration, your flywheel needs to be resurfaced.
- If the flywheel is badly cracked, you may need a replacement.
- Badly damaged flywheels can often lead to expensive clutch repairs so you should address them as soon as possible.
- Signs that you have flywheel damage include gear slippage, burnt smell like that of burnt toast, or clutch vibrations.
- Clutch or flywheel damage can be resurfaced on the premises.
When your car starts creating abnormal sounds, feelings or smells, start investigating the issue sooner rather than letting the condition worsen. Waiting will only lead to more expensive parts wearing out and requiring replacement.
- Typical signs that you need a brake service are dashboard warning lights, noisy or squealing brakes and a change in brake pedal resistance. If you experience any of these problems, contact us.
- GRGB supply and fit brake parts including brake discs, brake pads, brake calipers and auxiliary brake parts to all makes and models of vehicle in Bristol and Bath. Our mechanics carefully examine all parts against manufacturers’ specifications. Only parts that need replacing are replaced, keeping the cost to a minimum.
- GRGB can usually book in and repair your vehicle quickly and at short notice.