The clutch is a hugely important part of your vehicle – without it, you’d be unable to change between gears. Like many of the car’s components, it is possible the clutch may wear out over time.

The function of a clutch is to separate the engine from the wheels, allowing you to change gear and come to a complete stop while the engine is still running.

The clutch is made up of three main parts – the clutch plate, pressure plate and flywheel. When the clutch is engaged (foot off the pedal), the springs in the clutch press these three parts together so that the engine and the transmission are connected and spinning at the same speed. When you press your foot on down on the clutch pedal, however, the springs pull the pressure plate away from the clutch plate, so that the flywheel and pressure plate spin at a different rate, allowing you to smoothly change gears.

Clutch issues to look out for

Spongy, sticking, vibrating or loose clutch pedal when pressed. Squeaking or grumbling noise when pressed. Ability to rev the engine, but poor acceleration. Difficulty shifting gear. ‘Slipping’ clutch, causing a momentary loss of acceleration.

The cost of clutch replacement varies depending on the nature of the problem and the model of car you’re driving.

If you think there may be a problem with your clutch, book in for a clutch check today.