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Manual Transmission Clutch Problems Result in the Following Symptoms

Driving an automobile with a manual transmission is fun and leaves you more in control of what your vehicle does. Automobile Diagnostics can take care of your manual transmission, including the clutch, with service and repairs designed to keep the transmission operating as if it were brand new. If you notice any of the following symptoms of a bad clutch, it may be time to rebuild or replace the clutch. Generally, a clutch lasts about 100,000 miles before it goes bad if you are easy on it.

Acceleration Power Loss

The clutch is responsible for moving the power away from the engine and into the transmission when you press down on it. This allows you to change gears without any problems and gives the transmission a chance to turn the drivetrain so your wheels go round. If the clutch is slipping, it may not stay engaged and the power transfer will be incomplete. When this happens, your vehicle will hesitate when you try to accelerate after releasing the clutch.

Burning or Hot Smells

You might also smell burning odors when the clutch is slipping. This is a sign that the clutch is having problems internally and needs to be rebuilt or replaced. You should never smell burning rubber or other hot odors coming from the clutch. If you do, bring your vehicle to our shop as soon as possible.

Changes in the Pedal Feel

A dying clutch will feel different underneath your foot. It will feel softer than normal and may even sink to the floorboard without catching. When this happens, you need to have the clutch adjusted at a minimum. More likely, the clutch will need to be replaced, especially if the catch point – the point at which you shift gears – gets higher than it was before.

Problems With the Gears

Problems shifting the gears definitely point to a problem with the clutch. Whether you are struggling to get your automobile into gear or are having an issue shifting through the gear cycle, the clutch is not doing its job if you cannot shift gears. 

Strange Gear-Shifting Noises

One sign that the clutch is not doing its job is if your gears grind when you shift them. This points to a problem with the power transfer from the engine to the transmission. You shouldn’t hear any sounds other than the change in the engine’s RPMs. Grinding, squealing, squeaking or other sounds mean you need to have the clutch inspected.

Automobile Diagnostics is the best auto service shop in Columbus, IN, and we’d be happy to take a look at your clutch if you need us to. Call us today for an appointment.

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