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
Mastering the clutch control of your call is a real challenge. Some of the learners can be able to grasp it right away, but for some, it is an uphill task and they keep on struggling to keep the car from stalling whenever they stop the car or just pull away.
Mastering the clutch control is not a very difficult job and in the end, everybody is able to master it but only after when one has a clear knowledge of how the clutch works?
In a layman’s language, a clutch is two metal plates which are separated when the clutch pedal is depressed by the driver of the car. When the plates are separated upon depression of clutch pedal, the engine is separated from the wheels, preventing the power from the engine passing to wheels of your car.
As your car’s engine is always running, power is passed on to the wheels from the engine when the car is in gear. In the event of you forgetting to depress the clutch when you are stopping the car, the power from the engine is being transferred to the stationary wheel from the engine and thus resulting in the car stalls. In the same way, if you try to pull your car away without getting your clutch control in right manner, due to lack of enough power from the engine your call will stall.
More the clutch pedal is released more the plates in the engine are allowed touch. At a “biting point” the plates touch and start to transfer power from the engine to the wheel. When the clutch pedal is fully released plates will lock together and allows easy transfer of power.
You can drive smoothly if you think the clutch pedal as a sort of valve to allow power through or shut off.
Art of mastering the clutch control:
When once you have mastered the clutch control, you can control your car on the low speeds, and do the maneuvers of reversing the car with ease. All the clutch control can be learned in one lesson with co-driver and your practice will make you perfect on clutch control very soon. The first and the foremost thing of getting grips with clutch control is your understanding of car “bite” point, the point of engine transferring power to wheels. To have a complete mastery on the clutch – just follow these steps:
- Always find a safe place which is smooth and flat for practicing the clutch control.
- Ensure that the car is properly set for you. If there is no surety about the car is fully set for you to drive, check out the driving manual supplied by the manufacturer.
- Get your seat belt on, turn on the engine and release the handbrake.
- Depress the clutch all the way and put the car into the first gear.
- Give the accelerator a gentle nudge, aiming to get the rev counter to somewhere around 1500 rpm.
- See in the front and if everything is clear ahead and it is safe to move, very slowly raise the clutch.
- Eventually, the clutch plates will begin to touch and the car will slowly move forward. On reaching the bite point repeat the step 4 to 7 until you are comfortable with the position of the bite point.
When you get the hang of bite point, next step to learn how to slip the clutch. Clutch slipping is also an essential point to learn like maneuvers of reverse parking or three-point turns. But the best point is that clutch slipping is not a difficult task to understand like changing gears.
For practice, all you need is to use the bite point knowledge and let your vehicle move forward very, very slowly. Try to adjust the speed of the vehicle with slight adjustments to the clutch; depress a little more than a centimeter or so to slow car speed a little and release it a similar amount to speed up the car. You should exert very little pressure on pedal thinking as if there is egg under the pedal and it should not crack. Maintain gentle pressure on the accelerator. Never try to use it to speed up and slow down, use the clutch for this purpose.
Once the clutch slippage is mastered you become a perfect driver to take further road challenges while driving.
If you are sure about your car ABS brake maintenance or regular brake maintenance of your vehicle come to Sterling Clutch and Brake Auckland and get Clutch replacement service in Hamilton or call @ 09 636 4919. You can also get brake pads replacement service in Hamilton. For any query, you can also contact us on http://Sterlingbrake.co.nz.