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
While driving a vehicle stopping distance is calculated on the basis of driver’s thinking of distance, meaning that distance travelled by vehicle before the driver reacts to a hazard on the road and the braking distance, which is how long the vehicle takes to stop once the driver applies the brakes.
The overall stopping distance depends on thinking and the braking distance, and the braking distance further depends on various circumstances. It is these circumstances which affect the overall stopping distance:
- Thinking distance: Thinking distance depends on the driver and also the speed at which the vehicle is travelling. This can be increased by the following factors:
- Drivers tiredness and alertness
- The driver taking drink or drug (legal or illegal)
- Age of the driver-underaged and overaged driver may also have an increased thinking distance
- Lack of concentration of the driver-using mobile phone while driving
- The bad vision of the driver also leads to decrease reaction distance
- Braking Distance on Web-Dry Surface: Besides the speed at which the vehicle is travelling, braking distance gets affected and can increase by the below-mentioned points:
- The Vehicle’s weight.
- Brakes condition, in case of worn out discs/or pads longer time, is taken by vehicle to stop on wet weather.
- Wet or icy roads increases the braking distance.
- The condition of the road surface- On well-maintained roads with smooth surface less braking distance is there, whereas gravel, dirt and mud on the road will increase braking distance.
Further, the braking depends on the efficiency of your vehicle’s brakes. The following vehicle-related aspects are also to be considered when calculating the braking time and distance.
Braking with locked wheels
There is very less variability in stopping distance when braking with locked wheels, but however, on the wet roads, there is a much more dramatic reduction in friction which can result in your vehicle ploughing ahead on entry to a corner. A sudden locking of wheels gives you feeling of your having a vehicle with ASB system, as this type of braking with locked wheels is not recommended with ordinary braking systems.
Tires pressures and grip
With lower pressure in tires increases the size of the contact patch. So letting out some air from tires (of course as per the manufacturer’s guidelines) will help to have more grip in wet conditions. But all this can be done up to a certain point.
The depth of tread in tire and braking distance: Research has confirmed that tires with more tread depth have a greater ability to stop the vehicle at a small distance in the wet and icy roads. Extra 8 meters is required if the tread depth is 25% or less to stop the vehicle and 13 meters if the tread depth is less than 10%. Brakes work better if they are 100% working and if their slight variation in the efficiency level sudden braking leads to the brake failure all of a sudden in the emergency. So brakes should be always kept in the perfect working condition always.
If you ever face brake problem or need brake replacement service in Auckland, you can come to Sterling Clutch and Brake Auckland and can get brakes of your vehicle checked and in the event it needs any service or replacement then that can done with genuine parts within minimum time and make your vehicle fit to drive safely on road again and let you and your family enjoy the drive. Otherwise, you can book your appointment with us calling @ 09 636 4919 or you can contact us on http://Sterlingbrake.co.nz.