A clutch is an important component responsible for the maintenance of a mechanical connection between the engine and the transmission. When the clutch pedal is released, a pressure plate forces itself on the clutch plate between itself and the engine’s flywheel. The friction materials built on to both sides of the clutch holds onto the flywheel and the pressure plate, providing upto a 100-percent efficient transfer of both power and torque. When the bounded friction material wears out and loses its griping ability on both surfaces, efficiency reduces and slippage takes place thus reducing the power being fed into the transmission system.
When your clutch slips, the same primary symptom that an automatic transmission has when it slips will be noticed. First, engine’s speed will increase as acceleration occurs, but because of the slipping clutch, rate of acceleration will reduce greatly. This can be seen during acceleration from a stop, or attempting to accelerate from a cruising speed. There would be a burnt smell as though the clutch slips too much or constantly, as slippage creates heat.
Additionally if you felt your car shudder as the clutch pedal is released. Then it’s a clutch fault. When the clutch only starts to wear out, it may only slip a little bit, or only when. Under heavy load. When there is slipping of the clutch a little bit and you release the clutch, it makes a shudder or a light jerking. However, a chirping or tapping sound that fades when you press the clutch is an indication that your clutch-release bearing is bad.
- If your car uses a clutch cable, an adjustment to the cable may solve the grinding while shifting or minor slippages when under acceleration.
- A leaking clutch slave cylinder or clutch master cylinder or hydraulic clutch line will show symptoms same as a worn clutch or damage within the clutch system.
- Continuous driving of vehicle with the clutch slipping or other signs described herein can damage the flywheel — the geared plate that is bolted to your engine’s crankshaft and provides the medium for power transfer from the engine to the transmission.
- Driving your vehicle with a slipping clutch may create enough heat to damage your engine’s front main bearing and may lead to transmission faults.