The clutch in your vehicle is there to allow you to switch gears while the engine is running in order for the tires to move at a more appropriate rate.The clutch locks The clutch isthe tire and the present in bothengine gears automatic andtogether to move standardat the same transmissionspeed, or vehicles, but it’s inseparates them so standardthey can spin at transmission thatdifferent speeds. the driver controls the gear shifts. Image by: Tesla314 via Flickr
If you notice that your When sitting in neutral, try notclutch pedal is giving way to put any weight against thetoo easily or increasingly clutch pedal- even if it doesn’tdifficult to push against, feel like it’s engaging, it is. Onlyyou might have a fluid leak have your foot on the clutchor another minor issue. when you’re using it to shift gears.Start your car in a low Try to avoid shifting downgear; first is best, you can when stopping. Instead, rely onsometimes get away with your brakes to reduce yoursecond. speed.If you notice any fluid The best thing you can do forleaking from your vehicle, your clutch is keep itit could be any number of maintained. It will likely needproblems, so it’s always replacing after a certainbest to get it checked out distance. Keep it on your list ofto avoid a costly repair repairs to prioritize likelater. windshield repair or break pad replacement.
Maintaining your clutch is the best way toensure it has a long life. Check for fluidleaks, pressure changes and listen for anyunusual sounds when engaging the clutch.If any of these arise, it’s best to get itchecked by a professional. There’s achance they’ll be able to repair it andavoid a complete replacement later on.