If you drive a manual vehicle for long enough, here in Englewood or across Denver, you will eventually run into problems with your clutch. That’s why it’s so important to know the top signs you have a clutch problem. Key Transmission and Gears presents this helpful list because we know that there is no good guideline, mileage or time passed, to determine when your clutch might go out and need to be replaced.
When it comes to your clutch, the type of driving that you do and the type of driver you are will have the biggest impact on performance. For example, the more you ride the clutch, the faster it wears out. What you can do is pay attention for the top signs you have a clutch problem.
- You notice a burning smell
An overheating clutch plate will give off a smell akin to burning rubber. You might even notice a bit of smoke coming out from under your vehicle. Don’t think that just because you don’t see smoke that something isn’t wrong. The burning smell may be unaccompanied by smoke and is still an indication of something being wrong. This is usually created by riding the clutch and is an indicator that you need to have your clutch checked immediately.
- You’re having trouble shifting
You might notice that the car starts to shake a lot when shifting, or it becomes increasingly difficult to engage a new gear. This effect usually shows up first in either reverse or first gear so pay particular attention when shifting into those two gears.
- You notice that the car starts slipping out of gear
This will show up most often when the car is working hard, such as when going uphill or accelerating. The car starts to be jerky and may even slip completely out of gear. You need to have your clutch checked, as at the very least it needs, to be repaired and possibly even completely replaced.
- You can see visible damage to the clutch
If you are one of those people who know what you are doing, you can get under your vehicle and do some detective work. There is usually an inspection cover on the bottom of the bell housing that you can remove in order to see the clutch itself. If you see a fine black dust all over the clutch, don’t worry about that, it is normal. However, if you can see marks and damage on the clutch, then you know that repairs are in order.
Of course, you don’t have to be an expert mechanic to ensure that your car is in good working condition. These top signs you have a clutch problem are just to help you know when to take your car to a qualified mechanic, like the ones we have here at Key Transmission and Gears. Our trained technicians are excellent at inspecting your vehicle and determining whether you have potential problems popping up. Give us a call today if you think you might need some repairs or even just to put your mind at ease.