Clutch Plate/Disc Repair & Replacement

What does the clutch plate/disc do?

The clutch plate (or clutch disc) is part of the clutch system in manual vehicles. It is located between the flywheel and pressure plate. The clutch plate is a metal disc, with a lining that creates friction, similar to a brake pad.

Inside your clutch, the clutch plate is constantly making contact with the flywheel. The flywheel is a component that spins rapidly, transferring engine power into the transmission.

When the clutch pedal is applied, the pressure plates that hold the clutch plate/disc in place are released. This causes the clutch plate to lose contact with the flywheel, interrupting the transmission and allowing the driver to change gears.

 

Causes of a failing clutch plate/disc:

A burnt clutch disc

Worn clutch plate – The clutch plate can become worn, bent or cracked over time, reducing its effectiveness. A worn clutch plate will result in trouble engaging and disengaging the clutch.

Loose/missing springs – The clutch plate’s springs can become loose. This can cause the clutch to vibrate or produce audible noises.

Overheating – The clutch disc can overheat, causing the friction material to burn. This is often caused by strain on the clutch or slipping of the clutch.

Incorrect installation – An incorrect installation/modification of the clutch can cause the clutch plate to not work correctly.

 

Failing clutch plate/disc symptoms

Symptoms of a failing clutch plate include:

  • The vehicle’s clutch slipping
  • Reduced engine power to the wheels
  • Lack of pressure required to press the clutch pedal
  • Shaking/chattering noises when the clutch is engaged/disengaged

 

Taking care of your clutch

Incorrect use of the clutch can increase the likelihood of problems. There are several things you can do while you are driving to extend the life of your clutch. These include:

  • Always start accelerating your vehicle in first gear
  • Avoiding aggressive downshifts
  • Trying not to skip gears
  • Changing gears smoothly
  • Do not ride the clutch, to make it slip unnecessarily

 

Clutch Plate/Disc Repair & Replacement in Hamilton

Do you think that your clutch plate needs to be replaced? If so, we can help!

At Grimmer Motors, our proven mechanics are skilled in all sorts of clutch plate related repairs. This allows us to accurately diagnose and fix problems in your car’s transmission system.

For honest, efficient, reliable clutch repairs and replacement in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today.

 

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Phone: 07 855 2037

Email: office@grimmermotors.co.nz

Address: 998 Heaphy Terrace, Fairfield, Hamilton

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