What Are the Symptoms of a Faulty Clutch?

We are going to list the symptoms of a faulty clutch below so you know what to look for in your automobile. The sooner you have the clutch inspected the easier it will be to repair the problem. For example, if we catch a part wearing out prematurely, we can replace it before the clutch gets worse. This can save you money in the end. Bring your vehicle to our shop if you are having any of the following problems.

Squishy/Spongy Pedal

If the clutch pedal feels squishy or spongy underneath your foot, it’s wearing out internally. We may be able to repair the problem by rebuilding the inside of the clutch. If the problem is serious, we may have to replace the clutch, especially if it is sinking without catching at all. This is definitely a sign that the clutch is in need of immediate attention.

High Catch Point

The catch point in the clutch gets higher as it wears out. Sometimes, this is hard to notice. Other times, you may notice it right away because it has changed significantly. Your muscles tend to remember the catch point in one place, so if you have suddenly started grinding the gears when you shift them, pay attention to the catch point to see if it has moved.

Disengaging Constantly

A clutch that needs to be replaced will disengage constantly. This is also called slipping. When the clutch does this, it gets too hot and you will smell burning odors inside your automobile. The power will also slip back to the engine from the transmission, which is where it needs to remain until you release the clutch. Consequently, this will cause the following issues.

Problems Shifting Gears

First, you will have difficulties getting the gears to shift smoothly if the power is not with the transmission. In fact, your gear shift may give you resistance when you try to move it. The gears will also make grinding noises as you shift them. This should alert you that the transmission does not have the power because the clutch has slipped.

Lagging Acceleration

In addition, your SUV, car, or truck’s acceleration will lag. This is also caused by the slipping clutch. The transmission not only needs power to shift the gears but also to turn the drivetrain. If the drivetrain is interning, your wheels are turning.

As we mentioned above, the sooner you bring your vehicle to our shop the easier it will be for us to repair your clutch problem. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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