Clutches Get A Workout

Clutches Get A Workout

Riding the clutch increases the temperature of the clutch and accelerates wear. As wear increases, the clutch may lose some of its grip and start to slip.

Manual clutches are waning in popularity, but are still found in many performance-oriented cars and trucks. The clutch mates the engine with the transmission so engine torque can flow to the drivetrain. The clutch gets quite a workout because it has to be engaged and disengaged every time the vehicle starts, stops and shifts gears.

Riding the clutch increases the temperature of the clutch and accelerates wear. As wear increases, the clutch may lose some of its grip and start to slip. A clutch that fails to release or engage may be the result of a misadjusted or broken clutch cable, a linkage problem or a failed hydraulic master or slave cylinder.

Replacing any of the three major mechanical clutch components (the pressure plate, clutch disc or release bearing) usually involves quite a bit of disassembly labor. That’s why the pressure plate, clutch disc and release bearing should all be replaced at the same time on high-mileage vehicles.

Selling your customer a complete clutch kit guarantees the parts are properly matched.

On applications where a pilot bushing is used in the center of the flywheel, the bushing should also be replaced to assure trouble-free and quiet clutch operation.

For performance, heavy-duty and hard-use applications, upgrading to a higher temperature metallic/ceramic friction material can improve wear resistance and torque transfer. A higher load capacity pressure plate may also be recommended.

You May Also Like

ADAS: Coming of Age

Driver-assist systems are categorized into levels, determined by the amount of automation for any given system.

Automotive technology is funny. It always seems so new when we’re forced to catch up with it and weave it into our everyday routine. Then we find out it’s been around much longer than we realize. We didn’t worry about it until suddenly, some form of it was on almost every vehicle on the road.

Minding Your P’s And Q’s

Price and Quality are two of the most important considerations for customers purchasing from you.

Tool Intel – Understanding Air Tool Fittings and Couplers

Why don’t air tools come with fittings installed? Here’s why customers need to buy what they actually need.

Read the April Digital Edition of Counterman

The April issue contains article designed for technical training, management efficiency and store profitability.

ASE Education Foundation Seeking Outstanding Instructor

Nominations are being accepted for the 2024 Byrl Shoemaker/ASE Education Foundation Instructor of the Year award.

Other Posts

MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers’ BMC to Host Summer Meeting

The Brake Manufacturers Council meeting will be held on May 31, in Naples, Florida.

Customer Service: How It’s Done

Customer service should be your number one priority, and it all starts with the greeting.

Tool Intel: Why Are There So Many Screwdrivers?

Screwdrivers come in many shapes and sizes, and they are not created equal.

Why Does Engine Coolant Need Replacement?

Two specifications can be used to justify replacement — the condition of the additive package & the freezing point.