What Happens When a Manual Transmission’s Clutch Goes Bad?

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To prevent your manual transmission’s clutch from going bad, have the clutch adjusted regularly. The recommended mileage duration between adjustments is 6,000 miles. If you have been having any of the following problems with your clutch, it may need to be rebuilt or replaced. Thankfully, we can do either at our shop. Just give us a call to schedule a service visit.

The Pedal Will Feel Different

For example, we need to take a good look at the clutch if it feels different underneath your foot. If the clutch needs to be replaced, it may get too soft. They can also get too hard. Either way, the clutch is wearing out and this is why the resistance has changed. You don’t want your clutch pedal’s resistance to change. This is a sign of serious trouble.

The Bite Point Will Change

Another sign of serious trouble is a change in the catch point. Some people also call this the bite point. You shift the gears when you reach the bite point in the clutch. If the clutch needs to be rebuilt or replaced, the bite point will get higher. Its original position will change. This is a sign that there is something going on internally with the clutch.

The Clutch Will Get Too Hot

You may already know this, but when you press down on the clutch, a power shift between the engine in the transmission occurs. The transmission receives the engine’s power so you can shift gears. Unfortunately, a clutch that needs to be replaced will start to slip. This means it will not remain engaged and disengaged by itself. This overheats the clutch.

The Gears Will Grind

This also causes you to grind the gears every time that you shift them. This is because when the clutch slips out of engagement, the power is switched back to the engine. Consequently, the transmission is not ready for you to move the gear stick. In fact, the stick may give you resistance when you try to shift from one gear to the next one.

In addition, when a clutch slips, your vehicle’s acceleration will lag. Unfortunately, this can be a sign that the clutch needs to be replaced. If you bring your automobile to our shop, we can inspect the clutch and let you know the proper course of action to repair the problem. We will do everything in our power to keep your repair bill as affordable as possible.

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