In every vehicle, clutch transmits engine power to the gearbox and allows the transmission to be interrupted while a gear is selected to move off from a stationary position, or when gears are changed while the car is moving.

Most cars use a friction clutch operated either by a cable (common type) or by fluid(hydraulic type).

Since 2002, Dual Mass Flywheel clutch mechanism has been fitted in all four-cylinder diesel car with manual, DGS and ESG GEARBOXES. More than half of the cars on the UK roads these days have this type of clutch. This type of clutch is being used by a long list of manufacturers, including big boys such as Audi, BMW, and Volvo. For all your Clutch repair and replacement, you can come to Sterling Clutch and brakes Auckland .

A Dual mass flywheel consists of two parts, one attached to the engine, and the other to the clutch, both linked by a system of springs and friction pads.


The dual mass flywheel is primarily designed to reduce noise and vibrations. The DMF is sort of a mechanical “sponge”, where vibration and harshness in the drive-line are dampened by two flywheel masses that are connected to one another by a series of high strength springs. Any roughness is absorbed though partly by the springs between the flywheel masses.

DMF acts as a shock absorber: each flywheel is a solid connection, but between there is a “soft” spring that takes the jolt out of accelerations, gear changes, etc.

Problems with Dual Mass Flywheel Clutch

Dual mass flywheels are subject to a range of problems, including wear of the friction pads and rattling springs when starting or stopping the engine, a shuddering when vehicle is being driven at low revs while a vehicle is heavily loaded; gives a difficulty in selecting gears when the engine is running; overheating is caused by a slipping clutch, and there is clunking from around the gearbox.

The next biggest complaints people have about the dual mass flywheels is how often they need to be replaced and how expensive they are. The dual mass unit cannot be resurfaced and must be thrown away once worn out. So replacement of DMF is costly.

The other common issue relates to performance. DMF is ‘tuned’ for a specific torque output. If the vehicle’s engine is upgraded to produce more power via a tuner turbocharger upgrade, it will increase torque output, DMF will be subject to more stress than it was designed to handle. This will eventually cause the DMF to fail and lead to clutch slippage, more noise, cause the vehicle to shift roughly.

The owners of diesel cars with automatic gearbox don’t have to worry about the clutch. These cars don’t have a dual mass flywheel, as the torque converter- the system which automatically adjusts when the gear is selected as the car is being driven- it helps to mitigate the vibrations and stress placed on the vehicle when the gear is being selected.

When your car need clutch replacement then the question arises which mechanic or garage you’re to trust. You can come to Sterling Clutch and Brake Auckland and get genuine OEM Luk clutch Kit parts. You can book an appointment on the phone to get advice on how to maintain your car’s Clutch and brakes in top condition. You can mail your query at or call @09-636-4919.

Every vehicle owner is worried about smooth running of various car parts including Brakes Pads and Rotors. The reason behind this is that braking system of your vehicle is very important and without proper functioning of this system your ability to stop car quickly in case of emergency gets affected and can also lead to serious accident.

As all car parts get affected from wear and tear due to use and time factor, brake pads and rotors are the parts which are more likely by wear fast due to use. The question that come in your mind as a owner of vehicle owner is that how long the brake pads and rotor lasts and when should they be replaced and how can one tell it something is starting to fail?

The first thing for you is to estimate how long both your brake pads and rotors are likely to last and only then you can you can go in for replacement is to get them inspected from trained auto mechanics. We at Sterling Clutch & brake in Auckland are happy to tell you about how you can prolong the Brake pad and Rotors life..

The general rule is:

Brake Pads and rotor

* Brake pads can last anywhere between 30,000 to 70,000 miles. The variance is due to your driving style and the driving conditions in which the vehicle is driven. As per the vehicle manufacturers the brake pads will last depending on your vehicle daily milage but in typical conditions it will last between 3 and 7 years.* The life of brake rotor is roughly about 70,000 miles, but they need to be checked for the uneven war and tear. Any uneven surface on the rotors should be corrected through turning and machining and making it round again. This machining can be done for two to three times in actual rotor life before it needs complete replacement. But since the new vehicles are very sensitive and it is cost effective to replace rotor when some thing happens to rotor from wear and tear and brakes are not functioning properly.

Tips to make Brake Pads and Rotors Last Longer

You can make brake pads and rotors last longer by following few of the tips given below and your driving habits and techniques:

* Best way to increase life of your brakes is to obey the speed limit. It is very taxing on your brakes and your brake pads will wear out fast if you stop at high rates of speed and suddenly.

* Always use your right foot for both acceleration and brake pedals. Some vehicle drivers use their left foot to hit the brake before the right foot is completely off the accelerator, requiring more brake effort.

* Be aware of the traffic movement. It will be less taxing on your brakes if you brake slowly or coast. Make it a habit to stop gradually well before a traffic light, rather than suddenly applying the brakes quickly when you get closer to light signal.

* Always minimize the amount of weight in your vehicle. With less mass to stop, it will be less taxing on your brakes as they will have to work less.

* Have the brake system inspected regularly. If the brake pads are worn out more stress is put on the rotor and other parts in the braking system. By regular inspection and early detection of worn out brake pads, you’ll not only ensure the safety of your self and your vehicle but also other components of braking system. To avoid unusual Brake pads and Rotor wear and tear you can contact us us for brake replacement service in Auckland.

If you drive your vehicle cautiously, follow the recommended minimum maintenance and contact your car garage for regular brake service and vehicle, you will be able to keep brake pads and rotors lasting as long as possible and also ensure your safety as well as the safety of other drivers on the road and off course your loved vehicle also.

For getting complete Brake and Rotors check up, and any other replacement of 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