Maintaining Your Clutch
If you drive a standard shift vehicle, you probably know your clutch is an important part of your driving experience. Proper maintenance and use of the clutch will dramatically increase its lifespan, saving you a lot of money in the future. Jim Van Dyke in Washington CH explains:
Your clutch is the connecting point between your engine and transmission and makes shifting gears possible. Obviously, this means your clutch is both crucial, and under a great deal of stress. To help ease your clutch’s burden, practice smooth and efficient gear changes and takeoffs. If your engine is revving disproportionate to your takeoff, you feel the clutch slip, or you smell the clutch getting too hot, you need to ease off the gas until the clutch engages more fully, by waiting until you’ve let more of the clutch pedal out before applying so much power. If the car shudders or dies, you have the opposite problem; more throttle as you release the clutch will solve your issue. The goal is to perfect a balance between the two pedals, providing a smooth takeoff. Ideally, your passengers won’t notice much difference between acceleration in your car and acceleration in an automatic.
If you know it’s time to replace your clutch, don’t hesitate. Allowing failing clutch conditions to escalate will only destroy other expensive parts, such as your flywheel. If the clutch is exhibiting odd behavior, have it replaced immediately. When you do replace the clutch, make sure you spring for a quality replacement; it’ll last much longer, and save you far more money down the road. Plus, a good clutch makes driving more fun.
If you are experiencing clutch issues, or your car, truck, or SUV needs maintenance or repair of any kind, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Jim Van Dyke. Our expert mechanics have the knowledge and ability to keep your car on the road, reliably, for years to come.
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