How to Tell If a Clutch Needs to Be Replaced

by Kelcey Lehrich

Driving a car with a manual transmission can be a lot of fun. Cars with manual gearboxes tend to cost less to purchase but eventually they will need to have the clutch replaced. The clutch is a disk inside the transmission that allows the driver to change gears by taking engine power on and off the selected gear. Clutches tend to last about 50,000 to 100,000 miles.

Asses the "feel" of the clutch. Clutches tend to feel different when they need to be replaced. Bad clutches often feel softer and can be described as "mushy."

See if the clutch is releasing late. After driving a car for a while you'll get the feel of where the clutch release point is. A bad clutch will release when the pedal is almost completely released.

Smell under the hood. Clutches that need to be replaced have a burnt smell.

Watch for smoke. When you see smoke coming from under the hood and the transmission is acting funny your clutch is probably ready to be replaced.

Consult a mechanic. A good mechanic will know right away if a clutch needs to be replaced.

Tip

  • check If you decide to see a mechanic be sure to shop around for repair prices.

Warning

  • close If your clutch needs to be replaced, don't keep driving! Get the repair done right away; most clutch jobs will cost between $700 and $1,200.

About the Author

Kelcey Lehrich has been writing for several online media outlets for the past few years. His work can be found on Electronista.com, Macnn.com and LeftLaneNews.com. Lehrich holds a bachelor's degree from Cleveland State University in business administration and finance.

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