Clutch Repairs Near Me
All car components are important for smooth operation of your vehicle, including the clutch. However, how a clutch works actually is not always known to many drivers, so they may find it difficult to tell when it needs repairing or to be replaced, until the car is brought into a mechanic Wollongong for diagnosis.
A friction clutch in all manual vehicles allows you to regulate and control power transfer from the engine to the transmission and wheels. Clutches are engineered for strength and generally designed to last a long time, but they experience extreme wear and tear, depending on individual driving habits.
Taking your car to a motor mechanic like 1st Choice Mechanical for regular servicing will help you prevent serious problems to your clutch. However, at some point your will need to repair or replace the clutch. Some key symptoms when you know that it’s time for your car to be serviced, for a clutch repair or replacement. Keep a look out for the below signs, as you don’t want to risk being stranded on the side of the road due to a worn-out clutch.
Be alert for these instances as warning signs of clutch issues:
- Unusual Odour
If the clutch wears out or overheats, there is smoke and a burning odour after you shift gears. Under normal functioning, it should move smoothly and naturally when you change gears. The unusual odour suggests a possible replacement.
- Difficulty in Shifting
A clutch issue may make it rougher for you to make a normal gear shift, like when you have to force the clutch to move.
- Gear Slippage
This is perhaps the most obvious sign that your clutch is encountering a problem; the vehicle won’t stay in the selected gear and there is a noticeable sudden reduction in speed. Sometimes you may lose control of the car, until it is back into gear. This issue is caused by either clutch plate wear or problem in lubrication.
- Excess Vibration
When you shift gear and the steering wheel or the entire vehicle is vibrating heavily, it’s a sign that your clutch has worn out and needs to be replaced.
- Clutch Stickiness
When you are having difficulty operating the clutch pedal or you are having trouble shifting gears, this can lead to delicate driving conditions, so it needs to be repaired.
- Abnormal Shifting Sounds
When shifting gears in a manual car, you should know the difference between the normal sound and the wrenching, rumbling or humming sounds. This is especially true, when you’ve been driving a manual car for a long time. This means that the clutch is obstructed partially or already worn out.
When you notice any of these signs in your car while driving, take your car to a motor repair shop like 1st Choice Mechanical in Wollongong, NSW. We have qualified mechanics, who can assess the repair and will make recommendations for you to consider. Repair or replacement of your clutch depends on your specific vehicle. We are a specialist shop and we’ve been working on manual cars for many years.
We service the areas of Kiama, Wollongong, Albion Park Rail, Shoalhaven Heads, Figtree, Mount Pleasant, Corrimal, Worrigee, Warella, Greenwell Point and surrounding areas.