What is a Clutch?
Every vehicle is made up of many parts. For those who drive a manual transmission car, you already know a thing or two about the clutch and how important it is to the operation of the vehicle.
At Charles Gabus Ford, we’re here to talk a bit about how a car’s clutch works, and how power is transferred from the engine to the gearbox. Does your vehicle need clutch replacement? That’s a question our service technicians can answer for drivers across Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ankeny. Visit our service center to learn more!
All About the Clutch
Clutches are what engage and disengage two moving parts of a shaft, or a shaft and driving mechanism combined. While there are many things that contain clutches, we’re taking a closer look at the type sitting between the engine and transmission, for a car with a manual transmission.
When you’re looking to stop or slow down in a manual transmission car, the clutch has to be engaged to keep the engine running. A clutch will essentially operate by friction to keep the engine and transmission running. The clutch plate, which is linked to the transmission, along with the flywheel, connects to the engine. This keeps the car running as it should.
When the clutch pedal isn’t engaged, the clutch has springs that force a pressure plate to press the clutch plate into the flywheel, so there’s the right amount of friction to keep the engine and transmission connected. When this happens, the engine and transmission spin at the same rate, and things work in harmony.
When is Clutch Replacement Needed?
Through normal operation of a vehicle, clutches will wear down. It is possible for a clutch to be replaced before a car reaches the end of its natural life. It will depend on how the clutch is used, and can even depend on how hot it might be climate-wise, along with the type of car you drive. A warmer climate means the transmission fluid will usually run a bit hotter and burn the parts out faster.
The clutch can last up to 100,000 or 125,000 miles if utilized properly, but may wear out sooner. When coming to a traffic light, don’t use the clutch to keep the car still. Take the car out of gear, and use the brakes to let the transmission rest. Don’t use the clutch pedal to control the speed of the car, either. That’s what the accelerator and brakes are there for.
Of course, the clutch can be used to slow down and speed up, but this can take years off its life. Keeping the clutch pedal either all the way up or all the way down is what you should be going for, to get the most out of it. If you need a clutch replacement, schedule a service appointment today!
What is a Clutch? Visit Our Ford Service Center to Learn More
If service is needed or clutch replacement is what your vehicle is calling for, contact our experienced technicians at Charles Gabus Ford. We have years of experience when it comes to clutch replacement and repair in Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ankeny.
Now that you know all about your clutch and how to avoid replacement, get out there and enjoy driving!