Clutch Repairs Shaftesbury
Need Clutch Repairs or Replacement at a local clutch specialist garage in Shaftesbury? Look no further than Elite Garages Shaftesbury. Along with brakes and shocks, your clutch is one of the most essential parts of your vehicle. It’s important to pay close attention to early signs of clutch issues as leaving it unchecked could cause major problems later.
Considering clutch repairs can set you back a fair amount of money, it’s always best to use an accredited and qualified service centre. At Elite Garages, our Shaftesbury clutch repairs specialists will advise you on any repairs or replacements you may need. 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 where the flywheel carries a pressure plate (driving disc), pressure springs and release bearings. It’s not an easy job which is why clutch repairs can be expensive and time-consuming.
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 clutch repairs or a replacement clutch
While a clutch is essential for driving your car, it’s not always easy to know when you need a new clutch or clutch repairs. 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 or clutch repairs
- 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 some clutch repairs.
While the cost of a clutch replacement depends largely on the nature of the problem and the type of vehicle, our prices range FROM £250. Our expert clutch fitters in Shaftesbury 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 specialist advice if you think something isn’t quite right.
While you wait, take some time to explore Shaftesbury with some beautiful scenery and locations to visit, including Melbury Vale Vineyard and the amazing Melbury Downs, the longest walk listed by the National Trust. There are also a couple of pubs and restaurants nearby if you’d like to grab a bit to eat, such as San Tonino and the Ugly Duckling Cafe.