If you’ve driven a manual in the past or currently drive one, you are no doubt aware of your clutch and the role it plays in your car’s ability to run properly. As it does play such an important role as you drive around Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton, MA, you will want to make sure you take care of it.
In this piece, our team here at Collision 24 will explore how to extend the life of your clutch. That way, you can get the most out of it as you continue driving.
What Does a Clutch Do?
Before we dive into how you can extend the life of your clutch, it is first important to cover what exactly your clutch does. So, that is where we’ll start.
At the base level, the clutch is what controls the rotating shafts within your powertrain. Further, it controls the connection between the shaft coming from the engine and the shaft coming from your wheels. When you press the clutch in, it breaks the connection between the engine and wheels, allowing your transmission to shift gears, and ultimately allows you to change speed.
Without a clutch that is working properly, it will be difficult for the car to run properly, if at all.
How to Get the Most Out of the Clutch
Really, the best way to extend the life of your clutch is with your driving habits. For example, you will always want to make sure you are NOT riding your clutch. By this, we mean make sure you keep your foot off the clutch, except when you need to shift gears or are idling. Driving with your foot on the clutch all the time can cause quick wear and tear.
Taking advantage of your parking brake and neutral can also help you get the most out of your clutch. If you need to stop the car, utilizing either of these will make sure the clutch is not in use.
Of course, making sure your vehicle is up to date with maintenance is also a great way to make sure it is in great condition, not just for your clutch, but for every component.
Think your clutch may need repair or replaced? Well, there are some surefire signs and symptoms to look for. For instance, if you experience difficulty shifting gears, a squeaking or grumbling noise when you press the clutch, or weird vibrations when you press the clutch, it could point to a potential issue.
Fortunately, if you do experience an issue with your clutch, we’ll be able to help here at our service center. All you have to do is schedule an appointment and bring it in, so our trained technicians can get to work.
Learn More About Your Clutch Today!
Have questions about how to extend the life of your clutch after reviewing some of our tips and tricks? Just contact our team here at Collision 24. We’re proud to serve Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton, Massachusetts, drivers, and will be happy to assist!