Clutch Repair, Replacement, Service, Near Me
Need a clutch replacement, repair, or maintenance service near me, Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Chicagoland Illinois? We have you covered.
Last Chance Auto Repair is the local clutch expert near you. We service clutches for all makes & models, domestic & foreign, vehicles A-Z. From O.E.M. stock, high performance, to rubber laying street machines & race applications, we have all your clutch service needs covered. Need a shop that you can trust & afford to service your clutch?
Clutch Replacement Near Me, Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Chicagoland Illinois
Are you having clutch problems Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Chicagoland Illinois? Do you need a clutch replacement service near me? We are the local clutch expert. Offering clutch repair, clutch replacement & clutch maintenance services that you can count on. From basic service to performance upgrading, we have you covered. Call now to schedule a FREE (w/any paid service) clutch inspection.
Need your clutch replaced? Wondering what is included and what you can count on with one of our clutch replacement installation services?
- Quality service you can trust & afford performed by a highly trained Last Chance expert that knows transmissions like the backs of their hand.
- Removal & replacement of the clutch pressure plate.
- Replacement of clutch pilot bearing & throw out bearing.
- Flywheel replaced and or resurfaced depending on application.
- Clutch master & slave cylinder inspected & replaced as needed.
- Transmission fluid inspected, checked, topped off and or flushed, changed, replaced, upgraded as deemed necessary per application.
Having Clutch Problems Near Me, Near You, Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Chicagoland?
Does your clutch need to be replaced and or is it a problem that can fixed by means of a more cost effective resolution? Want to know more about the common causes of clutch failure? Your in the right place. Where to start?
Do you have low or dirty clutch fluid?
One of the first things we look at when a customer brings a vehicle to us with a complaint regarding their clutch is the clutch fluid. Dirty fluid & low fluid are signs of a clutch system issue. What does it mean? Dirty fluid is typically caused by seals inside the master cylinder breaking down due to wear, old age, lack of maintenance and contaminated fluid.
As a vehicle ages the clutch system ages along with it. Seals, fluid & of course friction materials wear out. Low fluid typically means there is a leak somewhere that more than likely is due to the fact that something has worn out. Could it be a clutch master or perhaps slave cylinder? Stop by, our team at Last Chance Auto Repair will check it out.
Is it difficult to shift?
Is your transmission getting harder and harder to shift from gear to gear and or just into gear? When a master cylinder starts to fail the ease of shifting gears deteriorates along with it. Hydraulic pressure is needed for smooth flawless shifting but when the master cylinder starts to fail there goes that ever important pressure along with it. No pressure, no shifting properly when the pedal is pressed. This can lead to the infamous grinding of the gears when shifting and in some cases even a transmission that pops out of gear.
Has your clutch pedal been acting a fool?
Not only does a failing clutch master cylinder make it more difficult to shift it will typically be accompanied by your pedal acting a fool aka acting in an abnormal fashion. These abnormalities can include: a mushy, spongy, soft or low pedal.
Am I overdue for a clutch replacement?
Do you hear a grinding noise when you depress the clutch pedal? Then there is a good chance that your clutch is worn out and needs to be replaced. A manual transmission clutch should last on average between 30,000 and 100,000 miles. But it varies depending on your driving. Do you drive it like you own it or do you drive it like you owe a lot of money?
Your driving style is a big determining factor to the timing of when your clutch will be needing to be replaced. But regardless over time friction material wears out and when this happens the clutch needs to be replaced. Need a clutch replacement near me, near you, Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Chicagoland?
Is Your Clutch Slipping ?
Your vehicle’s transmission clutch disc assembly consists of a friction material on both sides of a disc/plate. The material of your clutch disc is similar to the brake lining on your brake pads & shoes. When your friction material wears out the result can be a slipping effect. Slipping can also be caused by your friction material being soaked with oil, maybe a warped pressure plate or even by weak springs.
How do I know if my clutch is slipping?
- Does your engine start to rev in an odd fashion when put into motion (from a stop) or when accelerating almost like it is slipping?
- 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 work to shift?
Are you suffering from clutch chatter? Clutch chatter is a shaking shuddering that is felt when the clutch is engaged. Clutch chatter is typically caused by contamination of your clutch disc friction surfaces, 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.
Is your clutch dragging? Clutch drag is when your clutch disc does not completely release when your clutch pedal is depressed. Sometimes clutch drag is caused by an improperly adjusted clutch. Clutch drag typically in most cases occurs when your clutch is worn out.
Performance Clutch Service
Is your vehicle in need of more performance? If so a performance clutch kit that consists of a pressure plate, clutch disc, release bearing and or a flywheel if required can make a world of difference. Regardless, our performance clutch experts have you covered.
Heavier springs result in more clamping force within the clutch housing, which allows for more transmission of the torque without as much slipping (loss of power) of the clutch. This in return will allow for a more aggressive shifting and or clutch dumping.
Performance clutches for most applications include heavier stronger springs and different disc materials that are designed for your particular performance need.
What are clutch discs made of?
- Organic clutch discs are made of a combination of friction materials including: phenolic resins, metallic powder, metal oxides, and compounded rubber.
- Ceramic hence the more heat resistant clutch plates consist of: a mixture of copper, iron, tin bronze, silicon dioxide, and/or graphite materials.
- Kevlar & Twaron, the longer lasting para-aramid fibers used to make clutch discs are an ideal choice in certain applications like off-road driving & rock crawling. These materials are incredibly durable & include a smooth engagement with the flywheel. The material properties include an elastic and tensile strength which also provides a greater potential of longevity but may include a possibility of a little chatter.
- Feramic clutch discs consist of steel, silicon dioxide, tin, bronze, and graphite. With this material you can count on a higher holding power, higher coefficient of friction and a higher static-to-dynamic ratio that is strictly used in racing applications.
Clutch Expert Serving Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Chicagoland, Near Me, Since 1978
Looking for a clutch shop near me, near you, Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Chicagoland Illinois that you can count on that offers cost effective solutions?
We are the local clutch expert and we’re here for all your clutch service needs but we also want to help you get to know your clutch system. Regardless of whether your vehicle has a self adjusting, manually operated, or performance clutch, it’s important that this component is maintained properly. Have some questions for us?
Question: “Why do we have to replace our clutch?”
Answer: Your vehicle’s clutch needs to be replaced over time because it wears out. Your engine spins all the time, but your vehicle’s wheels don’t. 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.
Each time you press down on the clutch, the pressure plate pushes against a flywheel, joins the transmission to the engine, and enables gears to be changed. Over time, the friction accompanying this repetitive action wears down your clutch, pressure plate, flywheel, springs, accompanying gears, bearings (throw-out bearing), etc.
Looking for a quality clutch repair, replacement, or service that you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for? Why is Last Chance Auto Repair the #1 local clutch shop in the local Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Chicagoland area?
One of our goals is to provide 100% customer satisfaction. If you’re not happy we’re not happy. Our highly skilled & certified transmission clutch mechanics, top-notch equipment, best warranties in the industry, our superior customer service & our cost effectiveness has helped us stay on top of the local clutch service industry since 1978.
Clutch Replacement Shop Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Chicagoland
Clutch Disc | Flywheel | Pressure Plate
Clutch Disc – 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 today.
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 a lot 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.