The reason why you should have your clutch adjusted every 6,000 miles is that it extends its life. Central Garage would be happy to adjust your clutch if it is time to do so. We will also inspect the clutch to make sure all of the parts are working as they should be and do not need to be replaced. If your clutch is having problems, we will either rebuild it or replace it. Unfortunately, the problems listed below generally mean that you need to have a new clutch installed in your automobile.
Changes in Resistance
For example, if the resistance that the clutch pedal gives you changes, the interior components of the clutch are wearing out. This can make the clutch feels spongy. It can also make it feel soft and cause it to sink much lower than it should. Bring your vehicle to our shop right away if your clutch is no longer giving your foot enough resistance.
Different Bite Point
Another sign that the clutch needs to be replaced is a difference in the bite point. Some people also call this a catch point. In most cases, a worn-out clutch will make the bite point higher than it normally is. We’re not quite certain why this happens, but it is a common problem in older clutches.
If your clutch has started to slip and overheat, it definitely needs to be replaced. When the clutch slips, it loses its engagement with the engine and transmission. This causes the power that it transferred to the transmission to head back to the engine. Unfortunately, the clutch will also overheat when it slips, which means you will smell burning odors inside of your automobile.
Gears That Fight You
As you can imagine, if the clutch has slipped and the power has returned to the engine, the manual transmission is going to fight you when you attempt to shift gears. The transmission does not have the power anymore, so you will need to force the gear shift and listen to grinding. If you keep driving your automobile with the clutch in this condition, you can damage the transmission.
Continuing with the discussion surrounding a slipping clutch, your vehicle’s acceleration will also become unresponsive when you press down on the accelerator after you have let go of the clutch. This is a sign that the transmission does not have the power to turn the drivetrain.
Central Garage in Reynoldsburg, OH, is here to help, so call us today to schedule a service visit if you are having problems with your clutch or if it is due for an adjustment.