About the clutch:


Improper and excessive use can cause the clutch to become burnt and need replacement.

A correctly working clutch allows for smooth gear changes and operation in manual transmission vehicles. For this reason, it is vital that your clutch remains in good condition. The clutch works by transmitting engine power to the gearbox, allowing your car to correctly stay in gear. When it is engaged (clutch pedal pressed down), the clutch disconnects the engine to the gearbox so that the gears can be changed without damaging occurring.

Learn more about how a clutch works


When to replace the clutch?

Clutches are prone to wear over time, meaning they will eventually need to be replaced. The lifespan of a clutch largely depends on factors such as driving styles and habits. Driving under heavy loads will put additional stress on the transmission causing the clutch to wear.  Incorrect driving habits such as “riding” the clutch can also cause it to wear early.

When correctly cared for, a clutch may last for more than 200,000 km. However, excessive wear can cause clutches to fail after less than 60,000 km of use. These varying figures make it difficult for drivers to determine exactly when a clutch will need to be changed. If you are wondering when your clutch will need replacement, you should look for symptoms of clutch damage, rather than judge by how much the clutch has been used. Below are some of the most common symptoms.


Symptoms of a clutch due for replacement:

  • Difficulty shifting gears: If you find it hard to shift gears or hear grinding noises when shifting, it may be due to a worn-out clutch.
  • Slipping clutch: When the clutch is slipping, the engine will rev up, but the vehicle will not accelerate as it should. You may also experience a burning smell or notice smoke coming from under the hood.
  • Clutch pedal feels different: If the clutch pedal feels spongy or has excessive play, it may be a sign of a worn-out clutch.
  • Vibration or noise: You may notice vibrations or strange noises coming from the clutch or transmission when you engage the clutch pedal.
  • Difficulty starting: A worn-out clutch can cause difficulty starting the engine, particularly in cold weather.

How to extend the life of your car’s clutch

  • Practice smooth driving: Avoid sudden acceleration and hard braking as these actions can cause excessive wear on the clutch. Instead, try to maintain a steady speed and avoid sudden stops.
  • Engage the clutch properly: When shifting gears, make sure to engage the clutch pedal fully to prevent unnecessary wear on the clutch.
  • Use the parking brake: Avoid holding the car on a hill with just the clutch. Instead, use the parking brake to hold the car in place while you engage the clutch.
  • Avoid excessive idling: Keeping the car in neutral with the clutch pedal depressed for extended periods can cause excessive wear on the clutch. Instead, turn off the engine if you anticipate a long wait.
  • Don’t ride the clutch: Avoid resting your foot on the clutch pedal while driving as this can cause excessive wear on the clutch.
  • Keep the clutch system well-maintained: Regular maintenance of the clutch system, such as keeping the clutch fluid at the proper level and having the clutch cable or hydraulic system checked for wear, can help extend the life of the clutch.


Clutch Replacement Service in Hamilton

Is your car in need of a new clutch? If so, we can help! At Grimmer Motors, our skilled mechanics can replace your car’s clutch for you. This will allow for smoother gear changes and transmission operation.

For clutch servicing, repairs and replacement in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!


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