A clutch typically lasts anywhere from 30,000 to 150,000 miles before needing serviced, depending on the habits of the driver. There are are a few things that can cause a clutch to fail and we are going to go through some of the signs so that you can get your clutch maintenance as soon as is needed.
A sticky clutch occurs when you need to press hard on the clutch pedal to get it to engage. This is caused by a failure in the hydraulic links, which causes a hydraulic leak that needs to be repaired.
If your vehicle slips out of gear for no apparent reason that is a sign of wear and usually requires a clutch replacement. It could also mean there’s an oil leak from the crankshaft.
Noisy Shifting or Jerking
You might hear strange noises when shifting gears, or the vehicle may jerk into gear with proper clutch use. This typically indicates oil or other contaminates on the gears or clutch. Failing to address this issue will cause wear on the clutch and cause more damage later on.
A foul burning smell while driving can be caused by friction produced by a worn out clutch, resulting in overheating. This is typically caused by riding the clutch, the most common bad driving habit for manual transmissions. Have your vehicle seen to immediately.
Now you know how to pay attention to your clutch and what may contribute to the need for more regular clutch maintenance.