Signs Your Clutch Is Wearing Out – What To Look For
The clutch is an important part of a car’s inner workings. It enables you to smoothly change gear in a manual transmission car. Without it, your gear changes wouldn’t complete properly. In this guide, we’re looking at some of the top signs your clutch is on its way out and how to take care of it.
Clutch pedal feels soft or spongy
There should be some resistance when you press down on the clutch. If it feels spongy or soft, this is one of the earlier signs your clutch is on its way out. A sticking or vibrating pedal are also signs your clutch is in poor health.
Squeaking, rumbling or rattling noise
If you frequently hear unusual noises, such as squeaking, rumbling or rattling when you press down on the clutch pedal, you should take your car to a garage for inspection.
Acceleration is poor (even when you rev the engine)
If you’re revving the engine but not getting the acceleration response you’re used to, this can also be a sign that the clutch is on its way out.
Changing gears becomes more difficult or clunky
Do your gear changes seem unusually clunky or difficult? It could be time for a new clutch.
Clutch is slipping
You may experience a ‘slipping’ clutch. This causes a momentary loss of acceleration and can make it difficult to move up or down the gears.
You can smell burning
Smelling burning anywhere in the car is a cause for concern. However, it can be a sign that something’s specifically wrong with the clutch if the smell becomes more noticeable when changing gears.
The clutch is not just responsible for gear changes, it also transfers power from the engine to the wheels and makes sure the engine doesn’t stop when the car is stationary. With this in mind, it’s important to make sure your clutch is on top form and get a replacement when necessary. Clutches do wear out, and if you’re experiencing any of the above issues, you should take your car to a garage for diagnostics.
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