Do you need clutch repairs or a clutch replacement?
You may be surprised to learn that manual vehicles aren’t the only ones with clutches. Many automatic transmissions use them as well. While a manual clutch is dry, an automatic clutch pack is always covered in transmission fluid. Both are capable of wearing out, and when your clutch starts to give out you’ll know it. While we can’t reverse a slipping clutch, Steve’s Imports can replace it. If you’re experiencing the first symptoms of a damaged clutch, bring your vehicle in today. Immediate servicing can greatly slow slippage.
What are the signs of a worn clutch?
- Slippage. If your vehicle is slipping out of gear it’s definitely time for a clutch replacement.
- The smell of burnt toast. This means your clutch is overheating; a common problem with city driving.
- Harsh shifting. Often caused by an oil leak onto the clutch plate. Repairs will stop the leak.
- Clutch won’t disengage. This is most often caused by hydraulic linkage failures.
What if my clutch is sticking?
Slippage isn’t the only problem a driver can encounter with a clutch. Sticking is just as serious of a problem. A sticking clutch will not engage. This can leave you stuck in gear or unable to go into gear at all. Our clutch repair services diagnose and stop these issues. Common reasons for a sticky clutch include:
- A stretched or broken clutch cable.
- Defective or leaky master/slave clutch cylinder.
- Non-matched aftermarket clutch components.
- Improperly adjusted linkage.
- Air in the hydraulic line.
- Worn clutch release/throw-out bearings.
How can you diagnose your clutch?
Follow these steps to self-diagnose your clutch. We will perform a full clutch diagnosis and inspection, but we believe in always doing what’s best for you. This can help you quickly narrow down the likelihood that your issues are associated with your clutch.
- First set your parking brake. Start your vehicle and put the clutch into neutral.
- Do not push in the clutch. Listen carefully for a growling sound. If you don’t hear anything, move to step three. If you do hear something, it is more likely you have a transmission problem than a clutch issue.
- Keep the car in neutral. Slowly push on the clutch while listening carefully. If you hear a chirping noise, you may have an issue with the throw-out bearing or clutch release. If you don’t hear anything, move to step four.
- Press your clutch to the floor. A squealing noise indicates an issue with the bushing or pilot bearing.
Contact us today for a clutch replacement.
Whether you need repairs to your clutch or a complete replacement, we do it affordably, and we do it well. Components are carefully matched, and we always make sure to test performance thoroughly afterward. Our work is covered, and your new clutch installation is guaranteed. Don’t put off clutch service any longer. Call or contact us today.