What is the Clutch Cable?
The clutch cable creates a connection between the clutch and other components of the gearbox, whereby the cable sends the engine’s power to the gearbox. Each time you depress the clutch, it interrupts the transmission briefly while you change the right gear. You change the gear when moving from a stationary to mobile situation, or when driving along the road. The clutch cable lets you to press the clutch and make that transition smoothly.
The clutch cable is composed of a steel-wire core sliding encased within an outer shell. It operates under the high pressure that you exert on the clutch pedal and is prone to wearing out and breaking.
Bear in mind:
- The clutch cable may only require a slight adjustment so it works as intended.
- Some vehicles have an automatic adjustment system built into the gear mechanism while others require manual adjustment.
- If the clutch is not able to engage or release normally because of a faulty clutch cable, you risk damaging your transmission system.
- Remember to release the clutch completely during driving and refrain from resting your foot on it.
How it is done:
- The car is raised and supported on jack stands
- The bad cable is removed from transmission and clutch pedal
- The new clutch cable is mounted and connected to transmission and clutch pedal
- The clutch is adjusted and exercised to make it work smoothly without binding
- The car is removed from jack stands and road tested for proper functioning
While your clutch cable may last for at least two years, have an expert mechanic check it every time you have your vehicle scheduled for routine maintenance. Because clutch cables are quite elastic and wear out gradually, without maintenance the clutch cable in your vehicle may suddenly snap and lead to costly repairs.
What common signs indicate you may need to change the Clutch Cable?
- Clutch pedal is not responsive unless under excessive pressure
- Clutch pedal remains depressed and does not return to its proper position
- Transmission is difficult to shift
How vital is this service?
If the clutch cable of your vehicle is not functioning optimally, the clutch can slip. When you’re accelerating while driving, having released the clutch pedal, the revolutions of the engine will go higher, but the speed of your vehicle will not increase accordingly. If this continues for too long, you could risk damage to the complete clutch kit. It is advisable to keep the clutch cable in good working condition.
SEE ALSO:SIGNS OF A FAILING CLUTCH