Learn to identify clutch problems

There are many causes to clutch problems. The thing is, you can notice them yourself. The moment to check with a professional is when the clutch cannot engage the transmission to be in gear.

It’s very important to now how to identify this problem by yourself because this way you save a lot of money on a job you can do yourself.

In case of slippage:

  1. Pull the emergency brake and start the engine. Rev it up.
  2. Change to a high gear.
  3. Try to drive the car easily forward by releasing the clutch slowly.
  4. Notice if the engine is running still slow after releasing the clutch
  5. Now see if the car stops immediately or still runs a little after releasing the clutch entirely. If so there’s a partial problem with the clutch. If not, and the engine is running slowly, then it’s a big clutch problem.

In case of abnormal noises:

  1. After stopping the engine listen for sound made by the pressing the clutch. If you hear clunking sounds, it means the clutch is worn out and in need of lubrication.
  2. If the sound is like knocking or rattling it means friction problems with the disc.
  3. If the engine makes abnormal sounds when releasing the clutch it could be a problem with the clutch release bearing that needs lubrication or binding.
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