Clutch Repairs or Replacement at your local clutch specialist garage: Along with brakes and shocks, your clutch is one of the most essential parts on your vehicle. It’s important to pay close attention to early signs of clutch issues as leaving it unchecked could cause major problems later. A clutch repair is likely to set you back a fair amount of money, which is why you should always use an accredited and qualified service centre. At Elite Garages, our clutch specialist technicians will advise you on any clutch repairs or clutch replacements required. We offer competitive prices and provide you with dealership quality service from the onset and throughout.
What does a clutch do?
A clutch is essentially two metal plates inside the engine. When you press down on the clutch pedal, the plates come apart separating the engine from the drive wheels allowing you to change gear. Releasing the pedal again re-engages the plates which then connect the engine to the drive wheels. As your car engine is constantly running, a clutch is necessary to separate the engine from the drive wheels when you stop the car. This is exactly what happens when you push down the clutch just before you stop otherwise the car would stall.
Signs I need a new clutch?
While a clutch is essential for driving your car, it’s not always easy to know when you need a new clutch or a clutch repair. Clutch symptoms come in different forms, from odd sounds and poor performance to mechanical problems. Depending on the type of vehicle and how it is driven, a clutch can last anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 miles.
Here are some common signs that you may need a new clutch fitted:
- Clutch pedal making a noise when pressing or releasing it (or both)
- Changing gears is difficult
- A rattling or grinding sound when changing gears
- The clutch pedal vibrates when you accelerate
- Revving the engine while driving but your car barely increases in speed
- Engine revs randomly higher or lower
- The clutch seems to ‘slip’ causing a loss of acceleration, or a complete loss of drive
Problems may come from small components like bushes, pilot bearings, springs, screws or larger parts such as the clutch disc, flywheel, pressure plate, or release bearing. Often, you may even find problems in the drive train or the chassis itself. These are all signs that you either need a new clutch or good clutch repairs. The cost of a clutch replacement depends on the nature of the problem and the type of vehicle. Our expert clutch fitters at Elite Garages only use original parts that manufacturers recommend. They will let you know what is needed and how much it will cost before doing any work. Visit any of our centres for a free clutch check and clutch specialist advice if you think your clutch doesn’t feel right.