Your clutch is a vital feature of your car that temporarily disconnects the engine drive from the gearbox, to allow you to change gear and efficiently use the power from the engine. Driving with a faulty or worn out clutch is not only very unsafe, it’s uncomfortable too!
It’s important to have your car looked at as soon as you spot something unusual with your clutch. If you leave it, you run the risk of causing further damage to other parts of your car, which can lead to a very expensive trip to the garage.
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When to book a clutch replacement
Generally, manufacturers say a clutch should last 60,000 miles. But that said, they can last much longer if you drive carefully and look after your clutch. Excessively holding the biting point or keeping the clutch pedal semi-depressed for too long, such as when you’re waiting for traffic lights to change, is called ‘riding the clutch’ and will cause unnecessary wear.
If you have any concerns about your clutch, lots of garages offer free clutch checks, so you’ve nothing to lose by taking it in for a health check. Symptoms can vary, but typically if you have any of the following, it could be a sign of a worn or faulty clutch:
- Struggling to change gear
- Gears not engaging
- Grinding, shrieking or squealing noises when you change gear
- A burning smell after changing gear
- Biting point sitting much higher than normal
- Vibrating clutch pedal
As each make and model varies in price, so do their parts. On average, clutch replacement in the UK costs anywhere between £400 and £1,500. It depends on your vehicle, the garage you pick, and where you live.
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Your flywheel is a metal disc that sits between your clutch and the transmission. Together, the flywheel and the clutch help to provide the power between the engine and transmission.
Unfortunately, it’s pretty common to have both your clutch and flywheel replaced at the same time. A faulty flywheel can also have lots of the same symptoms as a worn out clutch, so it can be tricky to diagnose the problem yourself. Taking your car in for a diagnostic check-over is the best way to keep your vehicle safe.
Common symptoms of a worn out flywheel include:
- Burning smell when changing gear
- The clutch stuttering
- Vibrating clutch pedal
- Gears slipping
- Clutch drag, or not fully releasing
If you need to have both your clutch and flywheel replaced, it’ll increase your invoice at the end. On average, you’re looking anywhere between £750 and £1,500.
Car mechanics are very efficient, so a clutch replacement typically takes 3-5 hours. It might take longer, however, if any other problems arise while they’re working on your vehicle.
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