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05-12-2013
How To Diagnose A Faulty And Malfunctioning Industrial Clutch

Your clutch is without a doubt one of the most crucial components of your vehicle. Without it, your car won’t be able to change gears as well as disengage the power of the engine. Basically, a clutch works by connecting two moving shafts that are moving at various speeds. As a result of such connection, the driver will be able disengage his or her engine power without having to stall the car. Moreover, the driver can drive smoothly, which would the power of the engine to gradually transmit to the road.

Like other parts of your vehicle, industrial clutches will eventually have to be replaced or serviced.  The truth is, industrial clutches wear with regular use, and nothing can stop that from happening. As matter of fact, every time you use your car’s clutch, you are putting some wear on it. Despite the recent technological advancements in industrial clutches, these car components will usually have to be replaced when they hit the 70,000-mile mark. In some cases, these components have to be replaced and serviced before they reach this mark.

Since the clutch is a vital part of your vehicle’s operation, it is wise that you figure out what to look for when your clutch needs to be serviced and repaired. Here are some tips that will help you know that your car’s clutch is due for repair and maintenance:

  • When you are shifting gears, make sure to pay extra attention to the vehicle’s gear shift handle. As a driver, you should be able to know if there is something wrong or odd with your gear shift handle. If the whole assembly is a bit easier to move than usual, or you feel some irregular resistance on it, your car might be having a faulty and poor clutch.
  • Drive your vehicle on an incline or hill with a speed of 30 to 45 miles per hour. While driving on the hill, shift to a high gear of 5th or 4th, and push your car’s accelerator. If your car’s revolution counter rises with no actual signs of acceleration, you car’s clutch is most likely at the end of its life.
  • Worn out industrial clutches will start to slip without any apparent reasons. As your clutch starts to slip, you will notice that your car’s gear will disengage every time it is under heavy load. Once you have noticed these signs to your vehicle, have your clutch serviced or replaced as soon as you can.
  • Slippage on your clutch may also happen when your crankshaft’s oil would leak, and move towards the clutch plate. This leakage will cause a jerky or unusual operation to your clutch. Furthermore, it can cause slippage to your gear.

Replacing an industrial clutch is by no means an easy job, even for a seasoned mechanic. Even worse, it can consume a great deal of time and effort on your end. To make the whole process a bit faster and a lot easier on your end, hire a professional and qualified mechanic to handle the job.


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