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Clutches: The Most Important Part of Your Car

Have you ever wondered exactly what happens when you push down the clutch pedal? Without the clutches you would not be able to disengage the power of the engine or change gears. So how does it all work? A clutch is used to connect two moving shafts operating at different speeds. This allows us to disengage engine power without stalling the car or to be able to drive smoothly, allowing the engine’s power to transmit to the road gradually.

What are clutches comprised of? There are several major components starting with the flywheel which is connected to the engine, followed by the clutch plate which is connected to the transmission. Next is the pressure plate which holds the friction between the clutch plate and the flywheel. This part of the clutch takes an incredible amount of force and pressure. Next are the studs and the diaphragm spring. As the middle of the diaphragm spring is pushed in, a series of pins near the outside of the spring causes it to pull the pressure plate away from the clutch disc. This releases the clutch from the spinning engine. The next component is the throw-out bearing which is also known as a ‘clutch bearing’. It facilitates smoothness of the transition and noise reduction.

How can you look after your clutch? Don’t ride your clutch. We are all guilty of sitting in traffic jams or waiting for the lights to change, by holding the car steady on the clutch rather than the brakes. This can take away years of life from the clutch! Intense heat builds within the clutch and this can lead to the clutch burning out. Simply by holding the car on the foot brake or handbrake will dramatically reduce the wearing of the clutch.

If you are in Dorset and looking for clutches or service & repair, you may consider Wardie Motors. We are in the industry for over 10 years and have made a name for ourselves through sheer customer delight. If you have any motor related questions, do contact us today.

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