Clutch

The wheel of life behind the car and know your part on the road of reflection and adventure

Heart, mind, body and soul … just thought the description of a clutch can be associated to life. My comment are in italics …

Writeup Credit to http://www.knowyourparts.com

The hardest-working component in any vehicle with a manual transmission is the clutch.

Some might say it is our heart, others our mind, body and even soul. Each one decide …

Every start, every stop and every gear change means the clutch is engaging and disengaging.

How we interact, communicate, verbally, mentally, actions …

The friction that is created between the clutch disc, pressure plate and flywheel when the clutch engages generates heat and wear.

Are we creating friction? Do we feel pressure, stress, anger, exhaustion?

The more the driver “rides” the clutch pedal or lets it slip excessively, the hotter the clutch disc gets and the faster it wears.

How easy it is to ride on the emotional sensations…

Anything that increases the load on the clutch also accelerates wear.

How we each carry a load physically, emotionally, mentally and even spiritually.

This includes things like towing a heavy trailer, hauling heavy loads in a pickup truck, or spinning the tires in a muscle car.

How many things we get attached to …

All clutches are rated to handle a certain amount of torque.

How much?

The power rating of the clutch depends on the application, the power output of the engine and the type of driving or use the clutch will experience.

Each one will decide or be guided what will be best..

The linings on the clutch disc may be a higher temperature, more wear resistant friction material.

Each one is unique.

If a customer is replacing a stock high mileage clutch, a stock replacement kit will likely satisfy your customer’s needs.

Will we need to replace vital organs on our own journey?

However, if the original clutch shows signs of overheating and burning, you may recommend upgrading to some type of performance clutch.

Will we need different skills and update traditional methods?

If a clutch is slipping because of oil contamination, the clutch disc should not be replaced until the oil leak has been identified and repaired.  

What else will need to be fixed, repaired, readjusted?

This may require replacing a rear main crankshaft seal, a transmission input shaft seal or an intake manifold gasket set.

If an oil-contaminated clutch disc on a relatively low-mileage vehicle (say, less than 40,000 miles) needs to be replaced, the original pressure plate and release bearing can usually be reused provided they are in good condition and pass visual inspection. 

Will we have a final inspection?  

But if the clutch disc, pressure plate or release bearing on a high-mileage vehicle has failed, it’s always a good idea to replace all three components at the same time.

Why? Because replacing a clutch is a labor-intensive job, so it makes sense to replace everything at once so your customer doesn’t have to replace something else later on.

A clutch kit includes a new or remanufactured clutch disc, pressure plate and release bearing.

A kit is the best way to go because all of the parts are sourced from the same supplier and are  matched so the installed height will be correct.

Do we have the knowledge and kit?

Mismatched parts can sometimes cause engagement and release problems.

Misunderstanding verbal and nonverbal signs will cause problems

Sometimes a clutch won’t release because of a leaky or worn piston seal in the master clutch cylinder or slave cylinder, or because the hydraulic fluid has leaked out of the system.

These parts may also have to be replaced.

On older vehicles that use a cable release mechanism, the clutch may not release if the cable is broken or misadjusted.

A problem with the pivot fork that operates the release bearing can cause similar problems.

Clutch noise is usually caused by a bad release bearing, but it also can be caused by a bad pilot bushing in vehicles that have a pilot bushing in the back end of the crankshaft.  

The bushing supports the tip of the transmission input shaft. This may or may not be included in a clutch kit depending on the application.

The condition of the flywheel also is important. It must be clean, smooth and flat for proper clutch operation, and free of cracks. Resurfacing or replacement may be required.

Hopefully you had fun reading through the lines. You might have your own input which you might want to share with me that would be lovely…

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