Shums Auto Repair advises that the lifespan of the factory clutch is anywhere from 50,000 miles to 100,000 miles. If you are particularly easy on the clutch and have it adjusted every 6,000 miles, you may get more life out of it. We are going to list the signs of a bad clutch below so you know what to look for in your automobile. Bring your vehicle to our shop as soon as possible so we can inspect the clutch to determine the extent of the damage.
Catch Point Change
For example, the catch point on the clutch will change when the clutch is going bad and needs to be replaced. The point at which you shift the gears gets higher on a bad clutch. This can make driving your vehicle difficult because you are used to the catch point being in a certain place. When it changes, you may find yourself grinding the gears when you shift them.
Spongy Clutch Pedal
The resistance of the clutch pedal can also change if the clutch is going bad. The pedal may start to feel soft or spongy underneath your foot. Generally, this is an indication that the clutch needs to be rebuilt at a minimum because the internal mechanisms have worn out. In severe cases, we may have to replace the clutch. We will work with you to find the best solution to the problem.
Burning Clutch Pedal
Another sign that the clutch needs to be replaced is if it is burning. In other words, you will smell hot odors when you are using the clutch. You may not realize this, but the clutch is the manual transmission part that takes the power from the engine and moves it to the transmission. It does this while it is engaged. A burning clutch is slipping out of engagement.
Consequently, this means that the power has not shifted from the engine to the transmission and you will have problems shifting gears. In fact, you may grind the gears each time you shift them even though you are an experienced manual transmission operator. The grinding sound is an indication that the power remains with the engine rather than with the transmission.
When the power is not shifted as it should be, you will also end up with acceleration problems. Your vehicle’s acceleration will lag and sputter.
Call Shums Auto Repair in Philadelphia, PA, today to set up a service appointment so we can inspect your vehicle’s clutch and recommend the proper course of action to repair it.