How Long Does a Clutch Last in a Manual Transmission?

1 Oct

How Long Does a Clutch Last in a Manual Transmission?

A clutch in a manual transmission can last anywhere from 50,000 miles to 100,000 miles or more. How you drive your manual transmission can either shorten or extend the life you get out of the clutch. The clutch itself might fail prematurely if there is something wrong with it. Your clutch will give you hints that it is going out. DOC Auto lists the signs of a failing clutch below so you can bring your car, truck, or utility vehicle to our shop at the very first indication of trouble.

Resistance Change

As your clutch begins to wear down, the resistance it gives you and the bite point might change. A clutch that feels soft or squishy, a clutch that sinks all the way to the floor without catching, or a clutch that has a higher bite point than normal are all signs that you need to have the clutch adjusted or replaced. How the clutch feels underneath your foot shouldn’t change.

Grinding Gears

If you’ve suddenly started grinding gears like you did when you first learned how to drive with the clutch, it most likely isn’t your technique. Rather, your clutch is likely slipping and needs to be replaced. The reason the gears are grinding is simple: The clutch is unable to take the power away from the engine and transfer it to the transmission like it’s supposed to do. Consequently, the gears will grind if the power is still in the engine rather than the transmission.

Squeaking Clutch

A squeaking clutch can indicate that the internal mechanisms of the clutch are wearing down. Your clutch shouldn’t make any noise when you press down on it or when you release it. If it starts to make strange sounds such as squeaking, let us take a look at it as soon as possible.

Acceleration Lag

The power transfer we discussed above can also cause problems when you try to accelerate your vehicle. When the power is transferred to the transmission, the transmission uses the power to turn the wheels. It does so through the driveshaft. If your clutch is slipping, you may not have any power going to the driveshaft and your acceleration will lag.

Burning Odors

If you detect burning or hot odors coming from your clutch, this can be a sign that the clutch is slipping. A slipping clutch is one that does not stay engaged even though you still have the pedal depressed.

Slipping Gears

A slipping clutch can also cause your transmission to slip gears. You will know that the transmission has slipped out of gear because you will suddenly lose power and your engine will rev.

Call DOC Auto in Fredericksburg, VA, today if you believe your clutch is going out. We can fix the problem.

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