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Clutch Problems? Here’s an Easy Clutch Diagnostic Test

If you think you might have a problem with your clutch, here’s a simple test that can help you either confirm or deny your suspicions.


Test Your Clutch

  • First, start your vehicle, engage the parking brake, and put it in neutral.
  • While the car idles, don’t push the clutch in. If you hear any strange noises like a growling, it’s probably the transmission, not the clutch, that’s causing the problem. If you don’t hear any noises, try the next step.
  • Leave the car in neutral and push in the clutch. Do you get a chirping noise? It’s the clutch! This is probably the clutch release or a throw-out bearing. No noise? There’s one more thing you can try.
  • Push the clutch as far down as it will go. If it makes a squealing noise, it may be the pilot bearing or bushing.

What’s the Most Common Problem with a Clutch?

The most common problem with a clutch is that the friction material on the disc wears away. This is similar to the material on your brake pads, it wears away over time. But, this only happens when the clutch disc and flywheel are spinning at different speeds. When they’re in sync, there’s no friction to cause the material to wear away. But when they’re out of sync, which means the clutch disc is slipping against the flywheel, then the material will wear away. This means that the more you slip the clutch, the faster the clutch will wear out.

Why is the Clutch Sticking?

So your clutch isn’t slipping but it is sticking? This happens more often during this time of year when it’s cold. There are a number of reasons the clutch could be sticking.

  • The clutch cable could be broken or stretched. Without the right tension, it can’t push and pull.
  • The slave or master clutch cylinders are leaking or defective. This prevents enough pressure from being built up in the cylinders.
  • Air may be in the hydraulic line, which also prevents pressure from building up.
  • If the linkage is not adjusted correctly, the pedal won’t transmit the right amount of force.
  • If you have aftermarket clutch components, they might not be matched up correctly.


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