Frequently Ask Questions About Clutch Replacement

FAQs For Clutch Replacement

One of the foremost benefits of owning a car that has a manual transmission is that these autos have a much better record of having a long transmission life. No system, however, is absolutely perfect. As one portion of the car that involves a lot of action, friction and heat, the clutch will incur a lot of wear and tear, just like every other aspect of the vehicle. There are some outside circumstances that have an impact on clutch problems, such as the skill of the driver and his or her age. Both the entire system and its individual parts can fail. As a motorist, some systems will make it clear that the clutch is starting to wear down and that a clutch replacement is necessary. Following are some common questions concerning the replacement process.

Are there ways to know if you need a clutch replacement?
There are a few ways to diagnose issues with the clutch in your vehicle. Noise is one of the most common signs of a problem. There is an extensive list of part issues that can create noise when the clutch is in use. Chirping and squealing are informative sounds that suggest malfunction from a clutch mechanism that has become worn. Chattering is one condition that will occur when clutch parts have become damaged. This symptom often presents itself as a grabbing or jerking. A transmission that slips when the driver releases the clutch pedal is another indicator of clutch issues that is also fairly common. All of these symptoms suggest that a clutch replacement may be necessary.

Why is a clutch replacement essential?

Using your clutch will inevitably cause normal wear over time. Once this wear has become significant enough to justify a clutch replacement, the above-mentioned symptoms will start showing themselves. Although you might be tempted to put this expense off after the signs of clutch wear have started showing themselves, continuing to drive you car while your clutch parts are worn down will ultimately cause the clutch to fail. When clutch failure happens, it will be impossible to put the car into gear and thus, you will no longer be able to drive it until a clutch replacement is performed.

What are the costs of a clutch replacement?

The amount of damage that the clutch has sustained will ultimately determine the cost of the replacement. The cost will be lower if just one or two parts of the clutch have sustained damaged. If all clutch components must be replaced then the total cost will obviously be far more. It can easily cost more than $1000 for total clutch replacement. If you have some experience in repairing autos and wish to perform the repair yourself, then you will only need to pay for your parts, which typically cost far less if you buy them yourself rather than through an auto shop.


Matt works with Be Nice to Your Volvo— Edmond auto dealers offering premium Volvo sales and repair. He enjoys writing on auto repair and current automotive trends. For more information, visit

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