The Clutch maintenance cost bite the vehicle owners pocket very dearly. Generally the cost of labor in New Zealand costs somewhere between NZ $ 250 plus GST and the parts costs between NZ$300 – 600 depending on the vehicle and make. Moreover it keeps the vehicle owner in a difficult situation as he has to spend a whole day, first taking vehicle to garage and then wait for his turn. Besides financial pains driving with faulty clutch not only endangers the life of vehicle owner and safety of others on road. We now give a checklist of good practice you can partake on how to keep of your vehicle in the best of health and also keep your wallet happy!, and frees you from worries of clutch replacement too soon. If you are NZ and struck up with faulty and worn out clutch and need clutch replacement service in Auckland, you can come to Sterling Clutch and Brake Auckland and avail replacement service of clutch of your vehicle.
The Dos of Clutch Maintenance
Always fully press and release the clutch when change gears and comes to halt. Clutch get mostly damaged when pressed half.
Use the Brake to hold your vehicle stationery on a hill, rather than the clutch.
Always take off in first gear instead of third gear. Taking off in third gear ruins clutch very badly.
Always slowdown well in advance of the stopped traffic on red light. There might be chances that by the time you reach the red light, there is no need to stop as light has already turned green, meaning you can drop the clutch on a ceasing engine and avoid slipping.
Do match the engine speed to the rear-wheel speed when down-shifting. Also, lift the throttle a little bit as the clutch is released, this act of your will make the clutch smoother.
Never ride the Clutch pedal. Usually people ride the clutch while stopping the car on red light, and in high traffic. You seems to feel easy to keep your foot rested on clutch pedal, as you prepare to switch gear after red light. This is a big mistake and bad driving habit. This reduces the pressure between the clutch plate, disk and flywheel and will eventually cause it to brake. Always remember that clutch pedal is for changing gear and not resting your foot.
Never drop the clutch for quick acceleration. The principle of a good clutch management is to shift gears at the optimal RPM and match it. The stress on shock absorption spring aren’t built to handle the type of stress they will face when you slam the clutch plate into a engine already running in full speed.
Never park your vehicle inn the gear. Though this is convenient, but also put undue pressure on the clutch disc, even when the vehicle is not moving. It is better to park car in neutral gear when ever it is possible as it will not stress the clutch plates.
Change gear when there is need for it. Always maintain constant speed in which you feel comfortable that you can handle your vehicle seeing the traffic condition ahead of your vehicle. In this way you can plan in advance when to change the gear in a better way.
The bottom line is that you should use your foot as little as possible on clutch pedal, while shifting gears, starting the vehicle and so on. Put very little pressure on the pedal that is necessary to change gear.
In the end we can say it is cheaper to handle brake replacement vs clutch replacement. So use brake instead of clutch on road to maintain your clutch. As a thumb rule is that there should be balance between the use of brake and clutch.
If you ever face brake problem or need clutch repair service in Auckland come to Sterling Clutch and brake Auckland and for other cities you can call us @09 636 4919 and book your appointment to avoid any delay when you come with your vehicle. When you bring your vehicle to our garage, trained mechanics will first assess the extent of damage to your car clutch and brake and will inform you weather a simple repair will remove fault or any major replacement is needed. With your permission further necessary action will be taken. We always use genuine and original parts, recommended by the vehicle manufacturer of your make and model of your vehicle. You can also contact us on http://Sterlingbrake.co.nz
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.
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.
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/