Clutch Industries - Australia's world class clutch manufacturer

Clutches are often connected with manual gearboxes, with the exception of technology such as DCT transmissions. The clutch transmits power from the engine to the wheels in order to propel a vehicle. This power will be transported from the engine to the transmission and driveshaft through a crankshaft. However, shifting gears is not as simple as moving the gearshift lever. The engine and the driveshaft spin at different rates, causing the gearbox to be severely damaged. That is why a clutch exists.

You compress the clutch pedal, which depresses a clutch release bearing, to change gears. This disengages the friction disc by pressing the diaphragm spring. The transmission gears may now freely spin, allowing you to change gears. When you push down on the clutch pedal with your left foot, the bearing and hence the spring are softly released. The friction disc re-engages, allowing the gearbox and driveshaft to reattach to the engine in a gentle manner.

Can a clutch be replaced?
A clutch, like brake pads, is a mechanical component that deteriorates with time. As a result, after an amount of use, it must be changed. However, we've just spoken about manual transmissions thus far. With dual-clutch and automatic gearboxes, the situation is somewhat different. To change gears, a dual-clutch employs two computer-controlled clutches. This allows for faster shifting and prevents excessive power and acceleration loss. They were advertised as being smoother than manual transmissions and quicker than ordinary automatic transmissions. However, with the newest automated gearboxes on the market, this is no longer the case in many situations.

What is the lifespan of a clutch?

It all depends on the clutch disc/plate's wear. It is usually advisable to deal with a professional for this sort of examination and repair.

Can you keep your clutch in good shape to extend its life?
If properly maintained, the lifespan of a clutch disc can exceed 150,000 kilometers. However, it will depend on your driving style and the location in which you drive. The driver is, in fact, one of the biggest causes of clutch wear. Long durations of holding the clutch pedal down put a strain on the components.  Avoid any excess friction on the clutch disc to guarantee a longer clutch life.

There are various indicators that your clutch is wearing out. One of the first signs is if the pedal or gear lever moves more easily than usual. This is referred to as a loss of grasp. A slipping clutch is another indication. The engine RPM will continue to increase but this won't generate drive.  A clutch may also stick, causing the opposite issue. A burning odor can be a sign of wear, this occurs due to a decrease in clamping force. Driving requires the use of all of the driver's senses. Your car will give you signs, which you should listen for and appropriately understand.

Copyright © Copyright © 2022 Clutch Industries, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.