Car Clutch: How it Works

Car Clutch: How it Works

With the arrival of high-tech automatic transmissions, many drivers have forgotten about the advantages of a using a traditional clutch. Not only does a manual gearbox offer a more entertaining driving experience, but it also gives you greater control over the vehicle’s performance. Here is an overview of how a car clutch works.

What happens when the clutch pedal is depressed?

Unlike an automatic transmission, a manual gearbox relies on the driver to shift the gears. One of the most important parts of the clutch system is the clutch master cylinder. The clutch master cylinder is essentially responsible for providing hydraulic pressure throughout the entire clutch system. Upon pressing the clutch pedal, the clutch master cylinder forces hydraulic fluid into a component called the clutch slave cylinder. The clutch slave cylinder links the clutch pedal to the other parts of the gearbox.

What happens next?

After the clutch slave cylinder contacts a device called the clutch fork, the driver will be preparing to shift gears. The clutch fork’s job is to trigger the release bearing. The release bearing effectively allows the clutch to become disengaged. After the release bearing is activated, it causes the pressure plate to bend. This bending action forces the pressure plate to unlock the clutch disc.

The clutch is now preparing to engage

The clutch disc is the component that rests on top of the flywheel. In fact, this disc is the only component of the clutch system that is directly connected to the transmission. If the clutch is disengaged, the clutch disc allows the flywheel to spin freely. This rotating wheel is bolted directly onto the engine. Without a flywheel, the engine’s power would not be able to be transferred to the transmission.

Clutch problems

If there is a problem with the clutch system, the driver should be able to notice it immediately. Some of the most common problems related to the clutch include slipping between gears, a loss of pressure, and strange noises. Although strange noises in the clutch can be caused by a number of things, bearing failure is usually the culprit.Call 407 203 8838 for a free diagnosis and free estimate.

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