You can count on MD Auto Repair for all of your automotive service and repair needs. This includes adjusting, servicing, and replacing the clutch. Generally, the clutch will give you signs that it is going bad. We are going to list these signs below.
Changes in How the Clutch Pedal Feels
One thing that points to a faulty clutch is changes in how the clutch pedal feels when you press down on it. A malfunctioning clutch that needs to be replaced will feel spongy. It may also be extremely hard to depress. Finally, the clutch pedal could sink to the floorboard without catching.
Strange Changes to the Bite Point
Another noticeable change in how the clutch feels is a different bite point than the normal one. In most cases, if the clutch needs to be replaced, the bite point will be higher. The bite point is the place in the clutch where it catches so you can shift the gears.
A Clutch That Emits Burning Odors
Your clutch pedal may also emit burning odors if it is going bad. This is a sign that the clutch is worn out and can no longer remain engaged even though you haven’t released it yet. This phenomenon is called a “slipping” clutch.
Unusual Difficulties Shifting the Gears
Naturally, if the clutch is slipping, you will have difficulties shifting the gears. If you are unable to get the manual transmission to go into gear or to shift it through the gear cycle, the clutch is going bad and can no longer transfer the necessary power to the transmission to accommodate the gear shifts.
Hesitation When You Try to Accelerate
This will also cause your vehicle to hesitate when you press down on the accelerator. This is a sign that the clutch did not move the engine power to the transmission. This can be frustrating when you are trying to pick up speed, especially from a stopped position.
Noises Coming From the Transmission
Finally, a bad clutch will grind the gears when you shift them. You may also hear other noises coming from the manual transmission such as squealing or clunking. The clutch itself can also make a strange squeaking noise if it is going bad.
Don’t worry. Call MD Auto Repair of Kansas City, MO, today if you are having problems with your vehicle’s clutch. We will inspect the clutch and replacement if necessary. In some cases, we may be able to resolve the problem by adjusting or rebuilding the clutch.