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CLUTCH MALFUNCTIONING? 5 Things to Look For When Your Clutch Fails


When you’re asked with the question, “What’s the difference between a manual transmission from an automatic transmission car?” Probably on the top of your mind is The Clutch. Manual cars have them and automatic cars don’t. So if you are an owner of an M/T vehicle, there’s that possibility of experiencing clutch issues even at least once in your car’s lifetime. And once you do face that situation when your car’s clutch is already malfunctioning, would you know exactly how to deal with it?

If not, then don’t fret. The team of experts at Rapid Car Removal is here to make your clutch woes go away. We are one of Melbourne’s leading car buyers and car wreckers who have been in the cash for cars industry for more than 20 years now. And because of that, our car removalists, mechanics, and recyclers, have dealt with all kinds of clutch problems, from the simplest to worst ones. So without further ado, allow us to explain briefly yet clearly how you could detect clutch failure and of course, how to deal with it.

A little somethin’ about your clutch…

A car’s clutch assembly is comprised of many different parts that function and wear down at varying times. Some just require religious maintenance while some need to be replaced after using it for some time. Hence, sooner or later, one of those can start to give you some trouble.

Generally, a clutch lasts for about 50,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on what brand and model of car you have. But ultimately, the clutch is greatly affected by how the driver uses it – during stop-and-go city driving, riding the clutch down, or frequent pulling of heavy loads, and other situations like that.

In most instances, a clutch issue that seems to be already severe to you is actually minor and can be easily fixed. However, as the clutch fails, it’s more often difficult to find the cause.

How would you know your clutch is already going bad?

A malfunctioning clutch may produce either unnoticeable or too obvious symptoms:

  • Your car may be performing poorly. Usually, it may start slow even if you feel that your engine is already at full power. In the same way, you might find a hard time getting your car in reverse or into any gear, for that matter.
  • You may hear strange noises from either your clutch pedal or your transmission. You may find squealing, growling or grinding sounds when you shift.
  • Your pedal may also give you clues on a clutch problem. When you step on the clutch pedal and it: falls down quickly to the floor, vibrates or chatters, hard to push, stay at just a certain spot, or spongy, then your clutch definitely has issues.

5 Things You Need to Check Once You Know Your Clutch is Bad:

  • Master or Slave Cylinder – Most of the cars we use today are hydraulic. Thus, they rely on fluid to make your clutch function. If your master cylinder starts to leak and lose fluid, then it will cause your clutch fail in terms of producing hydraulic pressure.

Check:  if there’s fluid pooling under your vehicle when it’s parked. Also, you might detect a strange odor – being a result of the fluid dripping.

  • Clutch Disc – this is secured to the input shaft of your transmission system. And as with other components, it can wear out over time with continuous use or poor driving habits.

Check:  if your clutch pedal is released higher. Actually, sometimes it can become so worn out that it causes your vehicle to have trouble accelerating with heavy load.

  • Flywheel – your clutch assembly has a flywheel that’s bolted to the end of the crankshaft. After years of use, the flywheel can be overheated due to friction; causing it to warp or crack.

Check:  if you feel vibrations when you release your clutch pedal. This ‘clutch chatter’ is what happens when the flywheel’s surface is already uneven.

  • Throwout Bearing – this part is what actuates your pressure plate. Because the throwout bearing constantly spins, it will most probably wear out and lose lubrication over time.

Check:  if you hear squeaking sounds as you drive your car; then the noise goes away when you use your clutch.

  • Pressure Plate – this is one of the hardest-working components of the clutch assembly as it clamps the clutch disc to the flywheel. Thus, it’s probably the part that wears out sooner than the others.

Check:  if you also feel vibrations (clutch chatter). It’s also a sign that your pressure plate is worn out already.


As the clutch is an integral part of any manual transmission vehicle, we could actually go on and on and discuss with you its possible problems. However, we ought to just provide you with the most common issues and symptoms experienced by many car owners. Simply put, the malfunctions in your clutch can be as different as the parts in its whole assembly. Now depending on the exact clutch problem, solutions like a clutch adjustment, linkage repair and/or replacement, clutch removal, and pilot bearing replacement, among others may be done (preferably by your trusted professional mechanic).

Do you have an old manual car that doesn’t only have clutch problems but other major issues as well? Then maybe it’s just about time that you save yourself the stress and trouble and entrust it to the best cash for cars Melbourne company, Advance Car Wreckers. As we have been removing junk cars and buying used cars in Melbourne for more than two decades now, you are assured that you’ll only get top cash for your old ride. So call us today and take advantage of our fast and free car removal services now!

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