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Burning Smell from Clutch – Inspection & Repair Hamilton

What does a burning smell from the clutch mean?

Clutch Lining Friction material overheating – A burning smell from the clutch is usually caused by friction between the clutch linings and the clutch pressure plate and the flywheel. The friction material between the clutch plates can reach very high temperatures, especially when you are putting your clutch under a lot of strain (e.g. starting and stopping on a steep hill). If the problem persists, the clutch plate with its lining of friction material may need to be replaced.

Clutch slipping – A slipping clutch can cause a burning smell. When the clutch is worn, it will begin to slip, causing a loss of vehicle power and other transmission problems. A slipping clutch will need to be replaced immediately.

Damage to Clutch Pressure Plate and Engine Flywheel – when you clutch starts slipping and if you start to notice the burning smell it can often wear the clutch linings off to a point where the clutch lining rivets start to rub and wear on the clutch pressure plate and engine flywheel.

These rivets then start scraping and scoring on the clutch pressure plate and engine flywheel, which can carve grooves into them, which means they would need repairing / replacing as well.

Therefore as soon as you notice your clutch is slipping we recommend that you take your vehicle to your trusted local garage to have your clutch repaired.


How important is a clutch repair/replacement?

A healthy clutch allows you to easily change gears. If you are having difficulty changing gears, it can be distracting while you are driving. It can also limit the speed and power of your vehicle. Additionally, a damaged clutch cause deteriorate further over time, resulting in damage to other parts of your manual transmission / gearbox resulting in a more expensive future repair bill.

Your vehicle may still be driveable with a damaged clutch, but it is highly recommended that you have it repaired as soon as you can.

Clutch repair & replacement in Hamilton

Is your clutch producing a burning smell? If so, part of the clutch system may be due for replacement. 

At Grimmer Motors, our vastly experienced, qualified and skilled technicians can provide clutch repair and replacement solutions you can rely on. For all clutch and transmission repairs in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today.



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