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Your clutch maintains the connection between your gearbox and your engine. When you depress the clutch pedal, two metal plates come apart and separate the engine from the drive wheels, allowing you to change gear. Bringing the pedal back up re-engages the plates and reconnects the engine to the drive wheels.
Any problems with your clutch can lead to a lack of control while driving. If you notice this, you should book a clutch replacement as soon as possible. Otherwise, your car will be at an increased accident risk.
A clutch should last 60,000 miles on average. If you drive carefully and look after the clutch, it can last much longer than this. Conversely, holding the clutch at the biting point for too long will wear it out quicker.
You should book a clutch replacement near you at the recommended interval or whenever you notice any of the following warning signs:
During a clutch change, a mechanic will inspect your clutch and gearbox condition to ensure the clutch is to blame before beginning the repair. Then, they will unhook the battery and disconnect the clutch and/or hydraulic slave cylinder before stabilising the engine. Next, they will unbolt the pressure plate, check for any leaks and damage and then clean everything and replace as many parts as necessary. Once they have rebuilt the front end of your car, they will test the clutch to ensure they’ve fixed your problem.
The average UK clutch kit costs £325, but you can face a £1,000 bill for a full clutch replacement. You can save up to 70% on your clutch replacement by comparing deals from thousands of local garages through BookMyGarage.
A clutch replacement usually takes between 3 and 5 hours, but can take up to 10 hours to complete.
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If your car has a clutch problem and is dangerous to drive, you might not want to risk driving to a garage near you. Fortunately, there are plenty of mechanics who offer a mobile clutch repair service. They can come to your house or place of work at a time that’s convenient for you and complete a high-quality repair. With specialist equipment and genuine or OEM equivalent parts and equipment used, a mobile clutch repair still gives you the same high-quality clutch change that you need.
A flywheel is a disc that connects to the crankshaft and rotates to generate energy, storing that energy for use at a later date. When your engine struggles to provide enough torque to keep the car moving, the flywheel will use its stored energy to take over. Your flywheel also ensures that your gears are working properly as you use the clutch.
Quite often, your car will need a flywheel replacement at the same time as a clutch change. As a result, flywheel failure includes many of the same symptoms as a faulty clutch. You should book a flywheel replacement if you notice:
The average dual mass flywheel replacement cost in the UK ranges from £750 to £1,500.
How to be a better driver
Whether you’re driving in Castle Douglas or further afield, think about road user etiquette. Showing respect for other road users makes driving more pleasant for you and safer for everyone. For example, if you have to make a last minute change of lane, make your request to change clear to the driver who will need to let you in - and signal your thanks if they do. Be ready to abandon the change of lane if they won’t play ball - your safety (and that of other drivers and pedestrians) is more important than getting to your destination in the shortest time possible. When the position is reversed and a driver asks your permission to change lanes, allow them to as long as it is safe. If you get frustrated, avoid using your horn - it won’t improve matters and might make them considerably worse.
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