More than just the third pedal next to your brake
, clutches in both automatic and manual transmission
cars help start and shift your vehicle smoothly.
How The Clutch Works
The clutch disengages the transmission from the drive train. The transmission transfers motion to the drive shaft, which transfers motion to your wheels. The most important job of the clutch is to disengage the transmission from the motor so gears can quietly shift.
The engine of your vehicle is designed to be constantly spinning while on. If it wasn’t spinning, it couldn’t continue to run and would shut down. Your transmission transfers that motion to the drive shaft and, in turn, to the wheels. But you don’t always want your wheels or your transmission to be spinning. The most important job of the clutch is to disengage the transmission from the motor so you can shift gears without grinding.
The clutch will wear over time and it can be difficult to find an auto repair shop that is experienced in clutch repair including discs, cable controls, and hydraulics.
If your clutch begins slipping irregularly or is making noises that are raising suspicion, Master Automotive Centers
can inspect the system to isolate the problem, suggest the proper repair or maintenance to get you back on the road.