Clutch Repair Shop
Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, IL
Are you due for a clutch replacement? Do you need a shop that you can trust to change your clutch plus afford at the same time around Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, IL?
Last Chance Auto Repair wants to help you get to know your clutch system. Regardless of whether your vehicle has a self adjusting or a manually-operated transmission clutch system, it’s important that this component is well kept plus maintained. While clutch replacement may be done through most service shops, it’s still beneficial for vehicle, car, owners plus drivers to learn how to maintain it themselves. In some cases, knowing the basics of clutch replacement can help lower maintenance expenses plus save money in the long run. If you don’t want to save money feel free to stop by anytime, we are now accepting donations. But anyways back to the basics on clutches.
Your clutch that is inside your automobiles manual transmission usually lasts anywhere from four to seven years, depending on where plus how you drive.
If you drive a manual transmission car (vehicle) you may be surprised to find out that it has more than one clutch. Also it turns out that people with automatic transmission cars have clutches, too. Question: “why do we have to replace our clutch?” Answer: In an automotive vehicle, you need to replace your clutch because the engine spins all the time, but your vehicle’s wheels do not. In order for your car to stop without killing the engine, the wheels need to be disconnected from your engine somehow. Your clutch allows you to smoothly engage a spinning engine to a non-spinning transmission by controlling the slippage between them.
• Clutch Disc • Flywheel • Pressure Plate
Automotive Clutch – A clutch is a mechanical component used to connect and disconnect a manual transmission from an engine power source. A device that disconnects an engine from a transmission source. Over time various materials have been used for the disc friction facings. Which one is best for you? What application is in need of the clutch? Race or Street? Materials needed vary to application, also over time materials change. Asbestos in the past, Compound Organic Resins with Copper Wire Facings or Ceramic Materials.
Flywheel – Your flywheel is located between your engine plus transmission. Your flywheel is a disc that has teeth on it. It’s connected to the rear section of your engine. It’s main purpose is to transfer power to your transmission from your engine. Secondly the starter uses it to turn over “start” your engine. Flywheels need resurfacing but otherwise there’s not alot that goes wrong with them except for when they break. Need your flywheel replaced?
Pressure Plate – In your car’s clutch system, your flywheel connects to your engine, and a clutch plate connects to your transmission. A pressure plate is located in your transmission bell housing between the rear of your engine and front of your trans. Your pressure plate is a round metallic device that has springs, levers, fingers, all controlled by a release fork that is connected to your clutch pedal. The amount of force your clutch can hold depends on the friction between the clutch plate and flywheel, plus how much force the spring puts onto your pressure plate. Hence the importance of a properly working pressure plate.
Common Clutch Problems
Slipping Clutch – Your vehicles clutch disc has friction material on both sides. The material of your clutch disc is similar to that used on your brake lining. When your friction material wears out the result can be a slipping effect. A Slipping effect can also be caused by your friction material being soaked with oil, maybe a warped pressure plate or even by weak springs.
Several indications or warning signs that your clutch may be slipping.
• Does your engine start revving when put into motion (from a stop) or when accelerating?
• Is your vehicle starting to have poor (or noticeably declining) fuel economy?
• Do you need to downshift more often when going up a hill or incline?
• Does your clutch feel stiff and requires more pressure?
• Do you have to press harder to use your clutch?
• Your clutch pedal can’t be adjusted anymore.
Clutch Chatter – Clutch chatter is a shaking or shuddering feeling that is felt when the clutch is engaged. Clutch chatter is typically caused by some kind of contamination of your clutch disc friction surfaces. Contamination is typically caused by oil or hydraulic fluid leaking onto the clutch disc. In some cases clutch chatter can be cured simply by resurfacing your flywheel.
Clutch Drag – Clutch drag is when your clutch disc does not completely release when your clutch pedal is fully depressed. Sometimes clutch drag is caused by an improperly adjusted clutch. Clutch drag is a clutch problem that typically occurs when your clutch is worn out.