Below are the common symptoms that you may experience when the clutch in your vehicle is failing.
Clutch Judder – Severe low frequency vibration
Cause: Loose or worn engine mountings, misalignment of engine to gearbox, uneven operation of clutch arm, oil contaminated facings, defective pressure plate, defective drive plate, scored or glazed flywheel, worn spigot bearing.
Clutch Slip – Engine accelerates without giving a corresponding increase in vehicle speed, burning smell, vehicle will not drive up steep hills.
Cause: Incorrect clutch adjustments, partial seizure of linkage or fouling of pedal preventing the full return of the linkage, worn clutch facings, oil contaminated facings, defective pressure plate and/or broken springs, partially seized mechanism.
Clutch Drag – Difficulty in engaging first gear from neutral without making noise, jolt when changing gear with the vehicle in motion, vehicle moves when pedal is fully depressed.
Cause: Incorrect clutch adjustments or lack of fluid in the hydraulic operating system, worn hydraulic system, oil contaminated facings, defective drive plate, buckled plate or seizure on spines, seized spigot bearing or worn spigot.
Fierce Clutch – A sudden move off of the vehicle though the pedal is being gradually released.
Cause: Partial seizure of linkage or fouling of pedal preventing the full return of the linkage, uneven operation of the clutch arm, worn hydraulic system, oil contaminated drive plate, misalignment of engine to gearbox, worn spigot bearing.
If you experience any of these clutch problems when driving your car, bring your vehicle to Cranmore Garage in Shirley, Solihull and we will perform a clutch check to diagnose the cause of the problem.