Clutch Service & Repair
Manual transmissions by design require you to have more engagement since it’s up to you to switch gears and get your car to respond. As a result, you’re sometimes able to notice issues pretty quickly – but even the most experienced manual drivers can sometimes miss things. The more you get to know your manual transmission, the better you’ll become at noticing problems. And that starts with the main component: The clutch.
Check out all the aspects of a clutch, and some signs that you need to bring it in for service.
Clutch 101: A Quick Rundown of your Clutch
- What is the clutch?
Some people would tell you that the clutch is the pedal sitting to the left of your brake pedal; they’d only be half right. While that is called your “clutch pedal,” and does function as the operating switch, the actual clutch itself is a contraption with a ton of little parts that resemble the inner functioning of a wristwatch.
- What does your vehicle’s clutch do?
The inner functioning of the clutch consists of five main parts that work together: The flywheel, the pressure plate, the disc, and the throw-out bearing and release system. In very simple terms, this team of parts works together to either connect or disconnect the engine to the wheels. This is what allows you switch gears while you’re still driving.
Clutch Services at Kennedy Transmission
Between your clutch and your clutch pedal is a link that keeps the clutch responding to your commands. It’s a delicate piece that needs the perfect amount of play and when that slips, it can quickly snowball into bigger problems. You’ll probably experience difficulty in shifting even when the clutch pedal is all the way down. If that happens, it’s time to get a clutch adjustment.
We provide complete clutch adjustment services for both domestic and foreign vehicles at our service and repair shops. Just give us a call to schedule a diagnosis, and we’ll get you back on the road in no time.
Clutch Kit Installation
A clutch kit is made up of the clutch disc and pressure plate, and sometimes a few extra bushings and bearings. You’ll want one of these if your clutch is aging and needs to be updated, or if you’re looking to make your ride smooth and effortless. Our expertly-trained technicians can return your clutch to top performing condition.
Clutch Slave Cylinder
There are two types of clutch slave cylinders, depending on your type of manual transmission. One kind, called the external clutch slave cylinder, goes on the outside of your transmission. The other kind, called the internal clutch slave cylinder, goes – you guessed it – on the inside of your transmission.
This small piece of machinery is responsible for the fluid traveling between your clutch pedal and clutch, to engage the clutch and switch gears. When this little guy is damaged, you may feel your clutch pedal start going soft and spongy; you may not even be able to get your car into gear. Another symptom (that doesn’t necessarily happen at the same time) is a fluid leak. Since the clutch slave cylinder plays a key part in your vehicle’s performance, you need to get the damage fixed as soon as possible.
We can fix that!
Kennedy Transmission Brake & Auto can get your clutch back into gear – no matter the problem you’re experiencing. Just schedule an appointment at your nearest location and tell the service specialist exactly what you are experiencing. This will help us center in on the problem, diagnose it quickly and fix it fast!