Has My Clutch Gone Bad?
We created this guide to show you what to look for when your car's clutch
stops working. It will give you the most popular causes for clutch problems and
links to repair the problems. Before we begin it's a good idea to
how a clutch works
so you can visualize what is happening when driving or
trying to drive your
Is it Safe to Drive?
There are two scenarios that will occur when a clutch starts to go out.
Either it will just stop working or you will hear noises or feel something
strange which are
symptoms of the clutch having a problem
. Any noise the clutch is making is
not good, but a general rule of thumb is if the sounds are loud it needs a repair
immediately and if the problem seems slight then you should be okay for a little
Most of the time a repair garage will look at a clutch problem for no charge
if you are willing to have them do the repair. But if you are after a diagnosis
they will charge between $35.00 and $45.00 (US) dollars to find out what the problem
is and where to go from there.
Let's Get Started!
1. Clutch Pedal Spongy, Weak or On The Floor:
When you have a problem
with the clutch pedal could mean there is a clutch fluid leak at the slave
cylinder or the clutch master is bypassing internally. Begin by checking the
fluid level of the clutch master cylinder. If the fluid is low or is completely
out the system is leaking. After adding fluid use a flashlight to check the rear
of the master which is done from under the dash where the clutch pedal rod
connects to the rear of the clutch master, if a leak is present it needs to be
cylinder can leak
as well, inspect for leaks at the dust boot or at the
bottom of the transmission bell housing if the unit is located internally.
Sometimes a mechanical failure can occur as well such as having a clutch fork
break but this does happen very often.
2. Clutch Disc Failure:
When a clutch disc fails it can do so in one
for two ways. First the disc lining can become worn out from normal usage which will make the
clutch slip not allowing the power of the engine to transfer through to the transmission,
or the lining can come off not allowing the clutch to disengage. In either case
must be replaced
3. Pilot Bearing Lock Up:
The pilot bearing which is located at the
rear of the crankshaft is designed to support the input shaft of the
transmission. When it locks up it will continuously spin the input shaft of the
transmission which will not allow you to put the transmission into gear. The
transmission must be removed
to fix this problem.
If the vehicle is running and a whirring sound is
heard form the transmission. Then it goes away when the clutch is depressed the
transmission input shaft bearing has failed and needs replacement.
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Article first published 2016-11-26