When certain components on a car become worn or damaged, sometimes it is obvious to the driver of the vehicle that repair work is needed straight away.
For example, a car’s exhaust that has become damaged, perhaps because of a hole in the back-box of the exhaust, can sometimes be clearly heard by the driver while they drive along the road.
Also, if the engine oil is running low on a vehicle, the driver might sometimes immediately be informed via a light that appears on the dashboard of the car on certain vehicles.
However, if a car’s clutch becomes worn, well, this can sometimes be less obvious sometimes, for example it might sometimes start with a slight juddering as you drive off in first gear in some cases.
In other instances, it might be clear that the clutch does not work, as the car will not engage into gear. Yet often the wearing of a clutch can sometimes be less obvious for some drivers.
However, it’s crucial that if your clutch is showing signs of fatigue and needs to be replaced that you consult with your local mechanic in order to get this work carried out.
If you are unsure whether the clutch needs to be replaced, why not call our garage, this is so we can carry out an inspection to see if the clutch needs to be repaired, replaced or simply adjusted.
How long does a car’s clutch last?
A car’s clutch needs to be considered differently from other components within your car. For example, you may have got into a form of routine of getting your car serviced at regular intervals as per the manufacturer’s specification.
So, for example after so many thousand miles, you may have your car’s engine oil changed, and also the oil filter changed for example or you may want a full service carried out on your car after so many miles.
However, with the car’s clutch, how long the car’s clutch lasts is very much dependent on driving style of the owner of the vehicle. If somebody has a driving style where they gently use the accelerator and clutch when driving off, then this driving style is likely to increase the lifespan of the clutch.
However, if the driver is instead used to harsh acceleration, and also revving the car excessively while also rising the clutch especially say at traffic lights, then this can cause more stress on the clutch which can mean that it will last less longer. Also, carrying trailers, caravans or just heavy loads within the car can also place greater strain on the clutch.
“If a car is rapidly accelerated from a standstill on a regular basis, this type of driving style can increase the stress that is placed on the clutch as well”.
Therefore, how long the clutch lasts is very much dependent on the driving style of the particular drivers and owners of that vehicle.
If you have therefore just purchased a used car and you want to have the car looked over by our mechanics, then you may wish to ask them to look at your car’s clutch as well.
For example, you may ask your garage for a brake check, you may also ask them to check the car’s clutch at the same time? A good mechanic will be able to tell you whether the clutch will soon need replacing or not.
It is the “friction disc”, that’s the part that takes the stress of the clutch being regularly engaged and disengaged, if you have had a driver that has placed great stress on the clutch, then it may need to be replaced in a relatively short period of time.
Therefore, sometimes if a used car has a really low mileage, let’s say the car has only covered say 20,000 miles, this does not necessarily mean that the clutch will be fine, because it is entirely possible that the clutch sometimes becomes excessively worn even after a few thousand miles of use, and that’s sometimes because a previous driver might have caused excessive wear due to their driving style.
Therefore, it is important to contact a reputable mechanic, such as the mechanics at our garage at Automotive Cardiff Ltd to see if your cars clutch needs to be adjusted, repaired or completely replaced.
Our garage has experience of working on a wide variety of clutches that are fitted a wide range of car brands. This means, we have fitted new clutches to VW’s, Audi’s, Mercedes BMWs, we have also fitted new clutches to Skoda’s, TVR’s, classic cars and also many other brands such as Nissan’s, Toyota’s and also many other vehicles for example. We can change the clutch or repair the clutch on any make or model car, as we employ highly experienced mechanics.
“Therefore, whichever brand or model vehicle that you drive, we will be able to replace your car’s clutch and we will aim to do this in the most cost-effective manner”
If your car’s clutch therefore needs to be replaced or repaired, or perhaps adjusted then why not contact our business today?