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Signs My Manual Transmission Needs a New Clutch

It is hard to determine when your manual transmission will need a new clutch. Unfortunately, the lifespan of a clutch varies widely. As such, you need to pay attention to the clutch to see if it is having any of the following problems. These problems are signs that your manual transmission needs a new clutch. Don’t worry. We can replace the clutch in our auto service shop.

The Pedal Feels Weird

If the pedal starts to feel different underneath your foot, the clutch is wearing down internally. The pedal may feel soft, or it may feel hard. In severe cases, the pedal may sink to the floorboard and never catch at the bite point. This is definitely a sign that you need a new clutch.

The Bite Point Has Changed

Speaking of the bite point, this can change in an old clutch. Normally, the bite point gets higher. You may start to grind the gears when you shift them because you are used to the bite point in a lower location. If the bite point is higher, it’s time to replace the clutch.

The Clutch Is Overheating

It is definitely time to replace the clutch if the clutch is overheating. You will be able to smell the clutch overheating because the interior of your automobile will fill with burning odors. This is a sign that the clutch is slipping, and it takes a new clutch to resolve the problem.

It’s Difficult to Shift Gears

When the clutch slips, it makes it difficult to change the gears. In order to shift the gears, the clutch moves the power from the engine to the transmission. If the clutch slips, the power slips back to the engine. Consequently, you may have problems shifting the gears.

The Vehicle Won’t Accelerate

In addition, your vehicle will hesitate to accelerate when you release the clutch. This is also a sign that the transmission does not have the power when it needs it. Rather, the clutch did not remain engaged and the power shifted automatically back to the engine.

If you are having any of the problems discussed in this blog post, give us a call so we can set up a convenient service appointment. We will inspect the clutch to determine the exact problem. In some cases, we may be able to resolve the issue by adjusting or rebuilding the clutch. In severe cases, we will have to replace the clutch.

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