Advice 1: How to check the clutch on the car

Grip – the part of the vehicle that is responsible for the interaction of the engine and transmission. The component parts of the clutch, like most parts of the car are under constant load. Despite the relatively long service life of the clutch parts, it needs regular checking and maintenance.
How to check the clutch on the car
The main reasons why there is a need of clutch repair, are increased noise when you turn the clutch jerks when operating the clutch

incomplete inclusion of coupling (the clutch "slips"), incomplete clutch (clutch "leads").
To check the status of the clutch sit in the car, set Parking brake, turn off the music and other devices emitting noise. Not to interfere with external sounds, close Windows and doors. First of all, push the clutch pedal with the engine off. The pedal must be pressed gently, smoothly, without failures and rattles. If you see increased noise and other sounds, make sure that they do not come from the return spring of the pedal. If your car uses a clutch cable, the noise may come from it. If there is abnormal noise when pressing, make sure it is not from the transmission, otherwise the clutch is in need of repair.
Start the engine of a car, and, not including the transmission, press again the clutch pedal. Changing as you press the pedal the sound or noise can indicate deterioration of the release bearing of the clutch. In the case of a cable clutch, the noise may be a worn cable.
For the next test, make sure you have a well adjusted handbrake. Sit in a car, the most set the Parking brake and start the engine. Squeeze until the end of the clutch pedal and put it in first gear. Without turning off the Parking brake, gradually release the clutch pedal. Do not tap on the gas pedal. If as you release the clutch, the engine revs begin to fall significantly until siloxane motor, the clutch is working properly. Otherwise, the grip is not until the end off and needs repair.
To check clutch operation, sit in the car and start the engine. On a running motor, crank to the end of the clutch pedal. After a second or two after pressing, put her in reverse. If the gear is engaged smoothly and without effort, the clutch is fine. In addition, the engine was running, try switching between first and reverse gear. Hit the clutch and put it in first gear without releasing the clutch, turn off the speed. Release the clutch pedal and then press again and engage reverse gear. Repeat the cycle several times. If the switching occurs smoothly and without crunching your clutch properly. Otherwise, check the clutch basket and friction plate.
- Before checking the clutch according to the operating instructions of the machine, adjust the clutch.
As the working lining wear of the friction disc, the clutch pedal goes up. The clutch starts to "grab" above.
Useful advice
- Before checking the clutch check the adjustment of drive clutch pedal, very often problems with the gear shifts occur due to incorrect adjustment of drive clutch.

Advice 2 : How to determine the wear of the clutch

The clutch is one of the most "loaded" vehicle systems and, therefore, there comes a time when begin to appear the problems with the shifting. According to many motorists with great experience, it is not necessary to postpone their decision indefinitely.
How to determine the wear of the clutch
Signs of a slipping clutch may be the characteristic smell of the friction linings. In addition, you may notice that your car is unusually slow to accelerate, and lift the clutch switches to work. The pedal clutch can greatly shorten its course or to completely lose it.
Problems of adhesion may be caused by contamination or significant wear of friction linings and friction pressure plate and flywheel. Greasy pads you can wash out gasoline and frictional overlays it is necessary to repair in the service station. Overheating the clutch can cause the weakening of the pressure springs.
Following a serious malfunction of the clutch – its incomplete inclusion. When shifting you can feel the clutch "leads". With the free running of the handle of switching of speeds and the pedal the clutch will be much shorter than normal.
Other causes of failure may be trapped air in the hydraulic system or leakage of the working fluid. On the wear of the clutch you can learn, after inspecting the clutch disc. If it is warped or twisted, straighten or replace it.
As you know, all good cars the clutch is switched on smoothly. The appearance of jerks and bumps in the transmission when pulling away can indicate contamination or wear of the friction linings or loss of elasticity of lamellar springs. It is also possible that on the surface of the flywheel or pressure plate formed mechanical damage bullies. If so, then your car requires urgent repairs.
On the wear of the clutch recalls and resulting sticking of the handle in the abutments or protrusions of the pressure disc. If you experience noise in the clutch you need to deal with the bearing of the switch on the clutchbecause it can be destroyed, and the driven disk or damper torsional vibrations, whose parts can order to wear out.

Advice 3 : When you need to change the clutch

To drive a car with a faulty clutchm is not recommended, because it can lead to very unpleasant consequences. To increase your chances of getting into a car accident, change grip in time.
When you need to change the clutch

First, but not always a clear sign that the clutch is time to change, is the squeak when pressing the pedal. Try to squeeze the clutch, and listen. If you hear creaking, then it's time to visit service center. Please note that the appearance of difficulty is not the surest sign of the output clutch failure. Sometimes the creaking of the mechanism, take, for example, the creaking of the rubber Mat that appears when you press the pedal. That is why you should make sure that the cause of the squeaking is the clutch and not anything else. But in any case, if it is possible to make a diagnosis, should do it. Additional feature which may be accompanied by the creaking is noticeable twitch of the pedal. His appearance already clearly indicates the need to repair or replace the clutch.

The most obvious and sure sign of the output clutch failure is the appearance of the characteristic smell of burning plastic. To confuse, or, worse, not notice the smell is almost impossible. Note that when the clutch starts to burn, you will not have a lot of time on its replacement. Once the smell of burning plastic, you should immediately go to the service center or you can change the clutch yourself.

You will immediately understand that a clutch is not all right, when will the problem with the gear shift. The clutch pedal will be much harder to squeeze, and then become hard to shift gears. As a rule, in the first place there are difficulties with the inclusion of first and reverse gears. And finally, switching gears will be quite impossible box and clutch just stop you "listen". Up to this stage it is better not to bring: as soon as you notice that the gear shift became difficult, to urgently engage in the diagnosis and repair or replacement of the clutch.

Advice 4 : How to check for a faulty clutch

To drive a car with a faulty clutch is very dangerous, and malfunctions can lead to accelerated wear of other parts of the car. To check the clutch, often do not even need to go to the car wash: who knows the driver can do it himself.
How to check for a faulty clutch
Repeatedly press the pedal the clutch with the engine off and listen. A worrying sign may be the presence of extraneous noises: knocking, grinding, squeaking, etc. in addition, the pedal should not stick. You can also check the stroke, measure the distance from the pedal to the floor when off, and then with the clutch engaged, and by calculating the difference between them. The magnitude of the stroke should not exceed 146 mm.
Start the engine, hold it a little at idle. Then depress the clutch, wait 2-3 seconds and try to shift into reverse. If you hear the crunch or other sharp distinct sound, then the slave or the pressure plate the clutch is faulty. Even worse, if the transfer does not work. This may indicate that the output of the clutch failure and the need for urgent repairs. Note: check only makes sense in that case, if the transmission is working fine.
Try to change gear with the engine running. The obvious symptom is a rattle or knock when switching gears. Most often, noises are accompanied by shortness of shutting down the transmission. Try to move. If the machine begins to move erratically, it is likely that the cause is a faulty clutch.
Check the clutch movement. Scroll to the third gear, and then sharply and strongly press on the gas pedal. If the acceleration of the car does not match the increase in revs, then the problem is in the clutch. You will easily notice this: the crankshaft speed will be very fast to grow, in contrast to the speed of the machine.
Please note, not whether there is a characteristic burning smell when operating the clutch. If you felt it, then, friction linings slave drive becomes too hot and start to "burn". It's not always indicative of the urgent need to repair the clutch, but if an unpleasant smell appeared more than once, it makes sense to seek the assistance of a mechanic.

Advice 5 : How to understand that the clutch is faulty

The faulty clutch problem far more serious than people think sometimes. To diagnose damage by yourself, drawing attention to unusual sounds wrong "behaviour" of the clutch and other problems. Observation and habit to monitor the condition of the car will be very useful.
How to understand that the clutch is faulty

The main signs of failure of the clutch

One of the most common "symptoms" of a faulty clutch – strange noise when you press on the pedal. You can hear the rattling, grinding or other unusual sounds. Noise can be a symptom of a number of failures: failure of the release bearing or parts of the damper in the slave drive, excessive wear and deformation of the slots, loss of elasticity or displacement of the return spring. Please note: the pedal can make noise not only in the moment of pressing, but when she let go, and she starts to climb up. The characteristics of the noise can be set, what kind of damage it is.

Even more unfortunate is the signs of damage clutch problems when shifting. If you notice this problem, please contact the service station, because over time, the situation will only get worse and drive the car will be unsafe. To diagnose damage simple: when shifting, you receive a grinding noise, the clutch pedal is not pressed to the end. Later some programs simply no longer activated. The reasons can be many: the problem of the clutch cable, the failure of the friction linings, diaphragm spring, clutch disk.

Faulty clutch: on what to pay attention

To diagnose the malfunction of the clutch, is to try to pick up speed on a straight road, gradually switching transmission and carefully watching the behavior of the machine. If the vehicle accelerates slower than usual, like he's lost some power, but the clutch often "stalled", it's time to visit the service. Probably, surface the flywheel, clutch or pressure plate was badly zamislili. It is also possible that the reason for the "slip" was improper linkage adjustment, which leads not only to problems in switching, but also to accelerated wear of the elements.

Finally, to understand that the clutch is faulty, sometimes it is enough just to sniff. If after pressing on the pedal and shift gears you will notice a sharp odor of burnt rubber, surely the car needs to be repaired. In this case, the problem may be the worn linings, and the failure of the clutch disc. Interestingly, in some cases, the smell may appear only from time to time, not every time the pedal is pressed, but this does not mean that the car fixed itself.
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