A car which has a manual gear box will have a clutch. Being a part of car which is inconstant use when car is driven, it is very prone to wear and tear, especially if the clutch is not used properly. Since the cost of a new clutch with fittings costs around $ 200-$ 500 plus labour cost and GST, it makes sense that the how best clutch can be used so that it may not wear out prematurely. With better clutch engagements clutch lifespan can be prolonged. We at Sterling Clutch & brake in Auckland are happy to tell you about how you can prolong the life of clutch.  

 Here are few tips following which you might be able to enhance the lifespan of the car clutch. In turn you could minimise the intervals at which clutch replacement is needed and can save large amount of dollars over the lifetime of the car.

While Changing gear

To minimise the clutch wear we have to find which the biting point of the clutch is?  The main biting point of clutch is where the clutch plates meet and the point when the car begins to move and you slowly release clutch pedal after having depressed it. It is very necessary when the clutch has reached its biting point you release the clutch so that it is not inflected to unnecessary wear upon it through clutch slippage. Every car has different biting point and by driving the car for sometime the driver gets the fair idea of this point.

When you change gears, you depress the clutch rapidly, change the gear and slowly release the clutch again. At the point of changing gear you make it sure that your car is not too slow, causing the clutch slippage, or drive too fast causing unsmooth and clumsy gear change. With slight attention you can master the art of changing gears without inflicting any damage to the clutch plates and prolong the clutch life.


Under Braking

It saves both fuel cost and extend the clutch lifespan if you make use of the engine braking when you lift off the accelerator and brake. The general accepted way to use your clutch under braking is not to use it at all to just before the point when engine starts to struggle and cut out. The general rule is to depress your clutch when the car speed is too low for the selected gear. Under heavy braking you depress the clutch as you depress brake. Make sure that your car engine does not cut out and on other that you retain better control over the car during braking, this result in less load shift and prolong the clutch life.

While ‘coasting’

With coasting the car speed can slowed down. With freewheeling car along the road the fuel is also saved. For coating you depress the clutch fully, to disconnect engine from the rest of the drive train. For short period you can do it by pressing engine, but for long drive change into neutral and keep the car roll the way and as soon car slows down again engage clutch and accelerate the speed as per the gear requirement.

Braking with Engine

It is just like “coasting” and used when you are going downhill. You can use engine braking to slow down the speed of car. Here the clutch is not touched at all and there is no connection between engine and gear box. But it is one disadvantage that to slow down you use brakes and brakes get heated soon and results in brake fade, meaning that car won’t stop actually at the place where you want to stop. Other disadvantage of this is that brake pad wears out much faster. To avoid unusual brake wear and tear you can to us for brake replacement service in Auckland Call @+64-096364919 .

What really matters is that engaging and disengaging of clutch should be done when it is truly necessary. When you do this then the life span of clutch necessarily increases and it also helps in fuel saving also. Thus you have to make a habit of driving car in such a way that use of clutch is made when it is really required and not press clutch pedal without any reason. More over you can choose the methods of driving the car as per the manufacturer recommendations and driving experts’ views and you will surely prolong the lifespan of the clutch. If you desire to get clutch replacement service in Hamilton you can contact Sterling clutch & Brake Hamilton.

For getting complete clutch check up and any other replacement of clutch parts you can contact your trusted auto shop Sterling Clutch and Brakes @ 09 636 4919 or in case you have any query regarding clutch or brakes regarding your vehicle you can contact us at http://Sterlingbrake.co.nz/

What are the Reasons of clutch not working?

Presently most of the vehicles on the road are automatic but still few manual transmission are still cursing the streets.  When it comes to manual transmission, clutch is an important component. Well maintained and cared clutch generally lasts 130,000 km, but abused one even fails to last 60,000 km.

 The Clutch is a essential for safe operation of the vehicle and a malfunctioning clutch can damage other transmission parts quickly. This greatly increases the cost of the repairs. It is very essential that clutch problems are addressed as soon as they are first noticed.


Why clutch Fails

There are many reasons why clutch fails. The following are the major reasons of clutch failure.

Malfunctioning Clutch Master/Slave Cylinder: A Clutch master cylinder has a reservoir that holds brake fluid. This cylinder is connected to slave cylinder via hoses.  As the clutch pedal is depressed, fluid from the master cylinder moves to slave, this applies pressure to engage clutch. With passage of time seals in both cylinders wear out and cause fluid to leak. This leak leads to malfunction of clutch and shifting gears become impossible.

Clutch Fluid Leak: Any leak of clutch fluid which is break oil makes it hard to change gears and clutch pedal may go all the way to the floor. A fluid leak is often a symptom of a very serious problem.

Slipping Clutch: Clutch are designed to slip a bit when the first clutch is engaged or during gear change to make car ride smooth. But when the clutch is fully engaged then there is no room for slippage. Generally this slippage happens when the vehicle is hauling a load or going up a hill. Clutch gets hot due to slippage, which results burning of clutch facings, which can damage flywheel and pressure plate. Normal wear and tear causes slippage in clutch. As soon as this slippage happens it should be addressed on priority.

Jerky Clutch: The Jerky clutch is caused by oil and grease that has gotten on the clutch lining. Loose clutch cover and wrapped flywheel can also cause this problem.

Air in Hydraulic Line: A clutch can stick if there is a air in the hydraulic line as air takes space and fluid pressures cannot be built due to this.

Misadjusted linkage:  The linkage which connects the clutch pedal with clutch system can become misadjusted with use. Sticking clutch is sign of this type of clutch problem. To correct this, linkage must be adjusted properly.

Broken Clutch Cable: If the clutch cable which connects clutch paddle with clutch box can get stretched or broken. This problem can be solved by replacing clutch wire.

Clutch not releasing: Lot of reasons are there that can cause a clutch to not release. Everything right from the damaged input shaft to a worn out bearing retainer or a bent clutch disk can cause clutch not releasing. In vehicle that has a clutch not releasing problem, a thorough inspection should done and damaged parts be replaced as soon as possible. Repairing the parts will lead to more serious conditions in future.

Hard Clutch: Cause of heard clutch is due to pedal linkage or clutch cable getting worn out and dust accumulated in the cable making clutch wire getting struck. Replacement of clutch cable can remove this problem.