Installing a new clutch kit could be the solution to all your problems.
Everyone knows the feeling of a slipping clutch. You attempt to shift gears, and when you let the clutch back in and give the engine some gas, the whole car vibrates for a second. You may even notice difficulty accelerating as the clutch disc struggles to make contact with the flywheel and pressure plate again. This could simply be because of the age of all the components in your clutch kit. As the car gets older, the friction material on the disc will start to wear away. A leak in one of the seals could also contribute to your shifting troubles if some oil gets into the clutch housing. This will lubricate the surfaces of these parts and render them ineffective. Driving around without complete control over the transmission is very dangerous, and requires attention to be paid to the repair of this condition sooner rather than later. Most mechanics will recommend the installation of a completely new clutch kit; which includes the disc, pressure plate, and release bearing. This will ensure that all the parts that are involved in each shift you make are fresh and new, and your vehicle will operate as it should. If your clutch failure was premature, you may want to diagnose the reason for this rather than just replace all the components.
What do all the parts in a clutch kit do?
Standard shift transmissions have been around for almost as long as we've had automobiles. They predate the automatic transmission by over 30 years, and they employ a set of mechanical components to disengage the engine from the transmission input shaft so that you can make your shifts smoothly. These components are collectively called a clutch kit; and it includes the clutch disc, pressure plate, release bearing, and sometimes a new flywheel. The clutch disc is firmly connected to the transmission input shaft, and it is also wedged between the flywheel and the pressure plate. When the clutch pedal is depressed, the release bearing disengages the clutch disc slightly, and this separates the rotations of the engine from the rotations of the shafts in the transmission; allowing for a shift. Once the clutch pedal is let go, the disc makes contact with the flywheel again and the engine and transmission are now connected.
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Depending on the year, make, and model of your vehicle, replacing your clutch kit may require hoisting your engine out of the bay. If so, it will take much longer preparing for this kind of job since you will also have to remove all the engine's connections to other ancillary components and systems. If not, then you will simply have to unbolt the bell housing from the rear of the engine block and jack the engine up just enough to give yourself enough room to get the old clutch kit components out. Once this is done, you will have to use the clutch alignment tool to set the disc, then bolt the pressure plate to the flywheel, float the release bearing, connect the fork, and slip the input shaft along with the rest of the transmission back into position. If any of this sounds too challenging, we recommend professional installation.
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