Learn about the role the clutch plays in the transmission and discover why transmission clutch repair and replacement is such a commonly required service.
Talk to any long-time driver of manual transmission vehicles about what they don’t like about driving standard and they’re bound to complain about their clutch. There are pros and cons to manual transmission vehicles. They’re not very popular in Canada and they can be difficult for drivers who are used to automatic vehicles to learn how to drive. However, they give you more control of the vehicle and they generally need less service and repair than automatic transmission vehicles.
The role the clutch plays is unique to manual transmissions. It connects the engine to the transmission. The clutch is what allows you to stop your vehicle without stopping the engine. Automatic transmissions don’t have a clutch, using a torque converter, instead. This is a type of fluid coupling.
Burnt out and damaged clutches are perhaps the biggest problem that’s unique to manual transmissions. Slipping clutches is also a common issue, meaning the engine revs, but the automobile doesn’t move as it should, or even at all. Worn down clutches can cause slipping.
Sometimes the clutch itself is still in decent condition, but the clutch pedal needs an adjustment, a rebuild, or to be replaced. Problems with the linkage or shifter assembly are other common manual transmission problems.
If your manual transmission needs a clutch replacement, don’t worry about it too much. Even if it’s the second replacement it has needed. It’s not that auto manufacturers can’t make a good clutch or don’t use good materials. It’s just a common stress point.
All machinery has a stress point somewhere. Certain parts will always fail more than others. And the clutch endures a lot of stress. It’s critical to how the transmission works and it goes through a lot. Invariably, this means it will need to be replaced more often than auto parts that undergo less stress, such as a headlight or steering wheel.
So, if your clutch needs a repair or replacement, don’t worry. Just come to Mister Transmission. Our knowledgeable and skilled technicians will examine your clutch and search your transmission for any maladjustment or damaged rods, bushings, and shifter arms.
At Mister Transmission, we are transmission experts. If you suspect there’s an issue with your manual transmission or clutch, we can assess and repair or replace it as needed. Please contact us today to schedule a maintenance service or repair.