The clutch is a vital part of any vehicle and there are things you can do to extend the lifespan of your clutch to prevent early and costly repairs. While the clutch will naturally wear out over time, you can extend the life of your clutch by utilizing proper driving techniques, as well as performing routine clutch maintenance.
Why is My Vehicle’s Clutch so Important?
The clutch is a vital piece of any car or truck. It is the link between the engine and the transmission, which means it plays an extraordinary role in any vehicle’s everyday workings. The clutch essentially transfers rotational power from the engine to the wheels. They also play significant roles in shifting, stopping, and turning the car or truck off. For instance, when you brake, the clutch temporarily breaks the connection between the engine and the wheels.
Manufacturers design these crucial parts to last a lifetime, but that doesn’t mean they cannot fail, and some driving habits lead clutches to diminish sooner than they should.
Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Clutch
While following the car manufacturer’s instructions is the best way to make any car part last longer, we are going to review a few suggestions to keep your clutch in good working order for a prolonged amount of time.
- Don’t “ride” the clutch: In a vehicle with a manual transmission, riding the clutch refers to the practice of needlessly keeping the clutch partially disengaged. This results in the clutch being unable to fully engage with the flywheel and causes premature wear on the disc and flywheel. To avoid riding the clutch, keep your foot off the clutch any time you are pressing on the accelerator. It is also recommended not to rest your foot on or near the clutch.
- Only use your clutch when you need to: Your clutch should not be used as a brake. If you are approaching a red light, slowly decelerate instead of using the clutch, as by the time you get to the stop, the light may already be green, and you may not need to stop at all. If you do need to stop, put the car in neutral and take your foot off the clutch, to decrease the likelihood of a clutch repair in the future.
- Use your parking brake: If you are stopped on an incline, use your hand/parking brake to keep the car in place while you engage the clutch and put the vehicle into gear. If you hold the clutch down and roll backward while waiting for first gear to engage, it will put added strain on the clutch and gear box.
- Accelerate slowly: When accelerating, do so smoothly. Try to keep RPMs low as you pull away from a stopped position. You should shift up naturally as you increase speed/RPMs to extend the lifespan of your clutch.
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