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Angela's Articulate Collection of Car Service Secrets, Tips and Tricks

Hi, my name is Angela, and as the wife of a mechanic, I was constantly tripping over car parts and complaining about the rows of project cars lining our garden. However, after a few years, I quit complaining and actually found joy in the art of auto repair. Inspired by that classic book, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", I decided to start working on cars with my husband. This blog is the culmination of everything I have learned and more. I hope you enjoy reading it and that my tips and ideas guide you toward a healthier car and a happier, safer driving experience.


Angela's Articulate Collection of Car Service Secrets, Tips and Tricks

3 Telltale Signs that's Time for Clutch Repair or Replacement

by Keith Simpson

For many drivers, the third pedal on the left is something they might have failed to understand in their driving careers. There is no more valuable skill for any driver than knowing how to drive manual transmission cars. That's because you can handle almost any type of vehicle and learn better fuel economy and vehicle control tactics. 

For manual transmission cars, the clutch is crucial in allowing gear shifting. If this device fails, proper shifting is usually compromised, which negatively impacts vehicle control. The three signs discussed below are a sure indication of clutch failure, which requires immediate attention. 

Burning Smell

Any beginner driver with manual car transmission must have noticed some abnormal burning smell when accelerating in first gear. This smell might become more apparent to you as you continue driving after you first learned about it. That might indicate a serious problem within your car. The possible cause for it can be a severely worn out clutch plate, which requires prompt replacement. However, suppose you are a frequent driver, especially on heavy traffic roads. In that case, you might experience the smell much more often, which might emerge from other vehicles along the road, and that shouldn't worry you. 

Slipping Gears 

If you are driving a manual transmission vehicle whose gears keep slipping, that's an obvious sign that the clutch plate is worn out and must be replaced. Another possible indication could be the gear switching into neutral unexpectedly. Furthermore, an oil leak onto the clutch plate might cause too much lubrication, significantly resulting in slipping gears. If you experience this problem, take your car to the nearest auto shop for immediate diagnosis and repair. 

Sticky Clutch Pedal

The hydraulic linkage is crucial for the proper functioning of your clutch. If it fails, you might notice that your clutch becomes stuck near the floor. Sometimes, it can even become stiff when pressing. When this problem occurs, your hydraulic linkage needs adjustment to return to normal function. However, if there is an excessive hydraulic leakage, there will be a total loss of pressure, which only mean a complete replacement of the linkage system. Besides, a new installation of clutch plates might be necessary to resolve this issue comprehensively. 


It's imperative to pay close attention to these signs should you experience problems with your car, regardless of the system it's emerging from. Contact a local auto shop to learn more about clutch replacement.