TRANSMISSION & CLUTCH SERVICE & REPLACEMENT
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Manual Transmissions give the driver full shifting control. To change gears, the driver presses a clutch pedal, which disengages the engine from the rest of the drivetrain, and then uses a shifter to change gears. Depressing the clutch pedal generates hydraulic pressure in the clutch master cylinder, which applies the pressure to the clutch slave cylinder and disengages the clutch. A clutch cable performs the same function in older cars. The clutch assembly consists of a clutch disc, a clutch pressure plate, and a clutch release bearing. Since the 1960s, manual transmissions have grown from three to six speeds.
How a Clutch Works
It’s a common misconception that the clutch simply puts the car in neutral gear. Instead, it disengages the transmission from the drive train.
The engine of your vehicle is designed to be constantly spinning while on. If it wasn’t spinning, it couldn’t continue to run and would shut down. Your transmission transfers that motion to the drive shaft and, in turn, to the wheels. But you don’t always want your wheels or your transmission to be spinning. The most important job of the clutch is to disengage the transmission from the motor so you can shift gears without grinding.
Clutch Service & Clutch Replacement
The clutch does wear out over time, but the repair is a relatively simple maintenance job compared to the more expensive repair of the transmission. Sometimes a clutch disc wears out to a point where it needs to be replaced completely. Other common problems include stretched cable controls, a leak in the hydraulics and occasionally air bubbles formed in the hydraulic line.
Is Your Clutch Acting Up?
If you think you are having issues with your clutch, it’s best to bring it to a technician who can run a diagnostic test and help you pinpoint the problem.