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Clutch change: Drive safely with an intact clutch

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The clutch is exposed to high wear and tear due to constant use. If initial signs of wear phenomena such as noise or stiffness are not recognised first, high costs can arise due to consequential damage. Through a gentle driving technique with gentle coupling and regular inspections in our workshop, you can increase the service life of your clutch.

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The clutch

Replacing the clutch is one of the most common tasks in a auto garage. As a connection between the engine and the gearbox of a vehicle, the clutch is constantly in operation during driving and thus is subjected to enormous wear. Like everything else on the car, the clutch should be well maintained to prevent premature failure. 

Worth knowing about the clutch

In principle, the clutch just represents a possibility of the transmission interruption between the engine and the transmission in vehicles. More specifically, the interruption of the motor and transmission prevents problems with upshifting or downshifting. Furthermore, a slow, even starting with starting gas is made possible. The coupling protects engine and transmission. The interruption takes place either manually or automatically, depending on the specification of the transmission type. In the case of a manual gearbox, the clutch is activated by actuating the clutch pedal. In the case of an automatic gearbox, this is automatically done, depending on the accelerator pedal position.

How the clutch works

The design of a clutch is relatively simple and works the same way with most specifications. As a connection between the motor and the gearing, two discs are pressed with the help of a lot of pressure on the clutch pedal. The force generated by the motor can thus be transmitted by the flywheel from the crankshaft of the engine via the clutch to the transmission. Therefore, you should also change the clutch if it is damaged. If the shifting is to be effected, the so-called master cylinder is actuated either automatically or by manual actuation of the clutch pedal, depending on the type of transmission. The pressure is transferred hydraulically from the master cylinder to the slave cylinder. This, in turn, actuates the release bearing, which releases the clutch, thus separating the plates from each other. After the switch has been completed, the discs are again connected to each other to continue the energy transmission.

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Care of the clutch - this is how to do it right

In order to profit as long as possible from a faultlessly functioning clutch, in addition to a careful driving method, direct measures for maintaining the clutch can also be taken. When starting with a manual gearbox, proceed as follows: Start the engine at idle, engage the clutch, engage the gear and then slowly allow the clutch to reach the grinding point, then start with a little starting gas. This type of startup can prevent a rapid wear of the friction linings and the resulting costs which would occur during the clutch change. This procedure should be repeated every time you change gears. Overall, a smooth and uniform implementation of the switching process has a positive effect on the longevity of the clutch. The coupling discs and release bearing can be strongly loaded by holding the clutch unnecessarily long. Keep this in mind every time you stop at a red traffic light as this is very is important. The direct measures for the maintenance of the clutch initially include regular maintenance in a workshop, which can then possibly replace wear parts at an early stage. Larger problems, which could lead, for example, to the change of the entire clutch, are thus avoided. The wearing parts of a clutch include, for example, the friction linings already mentioned or the carbon jaws. If the specified parts are damaged, it is unavoidable to change the coupling. Similarly, the master cylinder or slave cylinder should be controlled for sufficient oil to ensure pneumatic transmission. The greasiness of the scar profile should also be checked and carried out in the workshop.

You should pay attention to the problems and the remedies

If there is a suspicion that there are problems with the whole clutch or with individual parts, there are several diagnostic possibilities. Whether the clutch is subjected to rough wear is relatively easy to detect. Obvious faults such as a jamming circuit or even noise in the switching process are the first clear signs of an imminent defect in the clutch. Even if such symptoms have not yet occurred, there is a possibility to recognise the wear of a clutch early. To do this, proceed as follows for manual transmission types: After the second gear is engaged, the handbrake is pulled and the clutch pedal operated. If the engine is started and the clutch is allowed to come slowly, the engine should stop. If the engine remains switched on, there is wear, and there is a need to change the clutch or individual parts thereof. If you are uncertain about the condition of the clutch, please contact your Canklow Service Station. We can give more detailed information using Multiflex or other test systems. Depending on the age of the car it is worthwhile to have the clutch also tested prophylactically. Unwelcome significant costs can thus be prevented by the early exchange of wearing parts.

Change clutch: exchange and repair

If it has now come to the clutch damage, there is no other way than to change it. It is always advisable to visit a workshop for a change of clutch. Our experts are familiar with all specifications. If the complete clutch set has to be replaced, this also almost always requires the replacement of all the screws and the removal of the transmission. Since the change of the clutch kit can be complicated depending on the type of transmission or the type of transmission, the launches should not be carried out by experts only. It is usually advisable to inspect and maintain the entire vehicle when replacing the clutch kit. This saves time and money, as the gearbox has already been expanded. To change or reinstall a clutch is done in the following steps: First of all, the gearbox and the clutch are removed. Once it is found that there is a clutch failure, it must be decided whether it needs to be replaced or repaired. After a possible inspection and maintenance of the gearbox, this can also be reinstalled. Finally, the clutch must only be vented so that any remaining air can be removed from the clutch cylinder.

Regular maintenance prevents clutch change

Without the clutch, driving would be much more uncomfortable and unsafe. Like all necessary vehicle parts, it should, therefore, be regularly inspected and repaired or replaced if necessary. Using a careful and safe driving mode, the wear on the individual parts as well as a possible large damage can be prevented, so that it is not often necessary to change the clutch. Also, it is important to pay attention to possible noises or problems, which indicate damage to the clutch. For most drivers, the early visit to the workshop should be self-evident, so that you can feel safe on all routes and enjoy driving for longer.

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