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CAREFUL WITH THE CLUTCH

Well here we are……….. Christmas has been and gone and what a strange one it was for many of us. We now found ourselves in 2021 and fingers crossed it’s a much better year for all of us. As a team at Guide Bridge MOT we send our thoughts and prayers anyone who has lost loved ones during the pandemic.

During these very uncertain times when we’re dealing with what we have been since March 2020 the last thing we want is for your car clutch to fail. The clutch is an expensive item and one that has to be done and can’t be ignored. As with all vehicle’s, wear and tear does occur through a vehicle’s life on the road, especially the wet salty roads of Britain, with repairs and replacement of important components being a necessary part and responsibility of being a vehicle owner, one such component of your vehicle that may need replaced at some stage is the clutch. A major and essential component of your vehicle, clutch replacement is a very common and regular job for many garages including ourselves.

The clutch among other components is essential in the smooth operation of your vehicle but it can be difficult to know when it is worn out or failing. The clutch is in almost constant use when driving but does not have a specific lifespan, with the rate of general wear and tear determined by driving style and driving environment. Resting your foot on the clutch pedal when you’re not using the clutch, also known as riding the clutch is a habit that several drivers have, particularly when at traffic lights or in heavy traffic, and this is one of the main causes of the clutch wearing out quickly or failing. Riding the clutch prevents the clutch plates from fully disengaging and acts as a sand disc causing unnecessary wear and tear.

Unfortunately replacing a clutch on any vehicle can be an expensive job and the cost varies depending on the specific problem with the clutch and what make and model of vehicle you have. Some vehicles will require the flywheel to be replaced at the same time, especially vehicles fitted with a duel mass flywheel, which can add a significant amount to the cost.

The biggest bulk of the cost in replacing a clutch is in labour hours it takes to carry out the repair, with the remainder being the cost the clutch itself along with any other associated parts and sundries such as clutch fluid.

One of the very first signs that you have a problem with your clutch is that it may become difficult to change gear, there is a noise or burning smell when you change gears. You may also notice that when you drive down the road, the revs may increase or decrease randomly with the slightest touch of your accelerator pedal, there is not a noticeable increase in speed, this is known as clutch slip.  These are signs of potential clutch issues and you should look to have the problem investigated as soon as possible, as driving on a failing clutch will only lead to further problems.

If you have any concerns about the condition of the clutch on your vehicle ring 0161 339 5354 and speak to one of the team who’ll be ready to help you.

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