Clutch system in a car is one of the complex pieces of mechanical device. Here we will just give a minimal explanation of how and what the clutch system actually does in a car. As you know that engine is the driving force in a car, and this is needed to drive the car forward. The challenge is to deliver this engine power to the wheels through the transmission. And this where the clutch system comes in. Clutch transmits the power from the engine to the transmission which in turn moves the vehicle.
Clutch system consists of 3 major parts i.e flywheel, clutch disk/friction disk and pressure plate. These three parts work together for transmitting the power of the engine to the wheels. Whenever the car is started the engine is continuously running even though the car isn’t moving forward, hence you need a system to engage the engine to the transmission when you need the car moving and disengage to shift the gear up or down. Clutch system performs this with the help of clutch disk/friction disk. Clutch disk/friction disk is sandwiched between flywheel and pressure plate. Clutch disk/friction disk delivers the power to the transmission when its pressed against the flywheel, the disk transmits the power by the use of friction against the flywheel. When the clutch is not pressed down, the clutch disk is in constant touch with the flywheel which results in the car moving. But when the clutch is pressed down, the clutch disk pulls away from the flywheel, and the flywheel rotates independently. Allowing you to either shift up or down.
Clutch systems are of two different types namely, Hydraulic and Wired. Most modern cars have hydraulic systems. As mentioned above the friction from the clutch disk/friction disk is used for transmitting the power to the transmission, it’s pretty obvious that there will be wear and tear on the clutch system. Clutch systems are designed for high durability but they do wear down somewhere between the 80,000 Km to 1,00,000 Km mark. Also the sudden engaging and disengaging of the clutch causes the clutch system to wear out faster than designed for.
You can follow few simple practices for increasing the longevity of the clutch system. The clutch only wears down, when it’s being engaged and disengaged. When the clutch disk is spinning at the same speed as the flywheel then the wear and tear is minimal. And when the clutch disk is away from the flywheel there is no wear at all. Hence all the wear happens while engaging and disengaging the clutch. Hence being gentle on the clutch, reduces the friction between the clutch and the flywheel. Special care should be taken when changing to the first gear, as serious clutch wear happens in first gear. While changing to first gear keep the engine revving as low as possible.
Repairing the clutch system is a very complex work and it cannot be done at home. You will require an experienced mechanic to do the job properly and effectively. The cost of the clutch work varies from vehicle to vehicle, but it may cost you somewhere between Rs 20000 to Rs 40000. If you do need help or any advice please get in touch with Doers we will be able to assist you or if needed get it repaired at our workshop for the best price. Further, we have specialized team who works on repair of automatic transmission rather replacement which can be possible with the best experts who has around 25 years of experience in aeronautical and automotive field. Connect with us today and get started to repair your car clutch system