If the factory clutch in your automobile has over 100,000 miles on it and is doing any of the things listed below, it’s likely time for a new clutch. Hummel’s Automotive Diagnostics and Repair can inspect your clutch thoroughly and recommend several different options to resolve the problem. In some cases, we may be able to correct the issue by adjusting the clutch. In other cases, it may be time for a new clutch.
Burning Odors From the Clutch
Signs that it is time for a new clutch include burning odors being released by the clutch when you use it. This unpleasant smell points to a clutch that is slipping out of engagement. This will happen even though you haven’t released the clutch yet. Unfortunately, when a clutch gets too old, it will start to slip and overheat. We will inspect your clutch to see if it can be rebuilt or needs to be replaced.
Changes in the Catch Point
Another sign that your clutch is going bad is changes in the catch point. This is the point at which you shift the gears. A clutch that needs to be replaced will suddenly have a higher catch point than it originally had. This can be frustrating because you are used to the catch point being in a certain place.
Changes in the Clutch Feel
The clutch will also start to feel differently underneath your foot if it needs to be rebuilt or replaced. For example, you may press down on the clutch and realize that it is sinking to the floor more quickly because it is softer. The opposite can also occur and the clutch can get harder to depress.
Difficulty Changing the Gears
Difficulty changing the gears in the gear cycle is definitely a sign that the clutch is going out. You need the clutch engaged and the power transferred to the transmission in order to shift through the gear cycle seamlessly. If the clutch has slipped out of engagement, you may not be able to shift to another gear.
Grinding Gears/Squeaking Clutch
The gears may also grind when you try to shift them if the clutch has slipped. This is just one noise you will hear with the faulty clutch. Another noise you might hear is the clutch itself squeaking when you use it.
Finally, Hummel’s Automotive Diagnostics and Repair in St. George, UT, advises that your vehicle’s acceleration will hesitate if the clutch is going bad. Give us a call today to schedule a service appointment for a clutch inspection.