Why Does My Clutch Feel Different?

If your clutch feels different underneath your foot, it could be going bad. How long your clutch lasts depends on several factors. Some clutches only last 30,000 miles to 50,000 miles, while others last well beyond 100,000 miles. Scotty’s Automotive lists the signs that your clutch is going bad below.

Acceleration Hesitation

One sign that your clutch is having difficulties is hesitation when you press down on the accelerator. It may be that the clutch has not fully engaged, and, as such, your vehicle is not getting any power to the wheels. If your vehicle does hesitate every time you try to accelerate it, you should have it checked out because it could be a problem with the clutch, a clogged filter, or fuel system trouble.

Burning Odors

If the interior mechanisms of your clutch are wearing down, you may smell burning odors when you use the clutch. This is a sign that the clutch is slipping, and your vehicle may slip out of gear as well. Any burning odors that you smell coming from your automobile need to be looked into immediately as they can be a dangerous sign of fire.

Gear Change Difficulty

If you are having difficulty getting your manual transmission into gear, this is definitely a sign that your clutch is going bad. You may also have problems shifting through the gear cycle, and this can be attributed to a slipping clutch or a worn-out clutch. Putting your vehicle into gear and shifting through the gear cycle should never be difficult.

Grinding Gears

You may have ground the gears when you first learned to drive a manual transmission, but if you are used to your clutch now, you shouldn’t hear any grinding gears. This is a sign that the clutch is wearing out and needs to be adjusted or replaced. Changing gears should be silent and seamless.

High Catch Point

Another sign that your clutch is wearing out is changes in the catch point. You may notice that the place where your clutch catches is much higher than it used to be. Sometimes, adjusting the clutch can resolve this issue. Other times, the clutch needs to be replaced.

Spongy Feeling

Finally, if your clutch feels soft or spongy underneath your foot, this is definitely a sign that it needs to be replaced. It may also make squeaking noises as you engage and disengage it, and it may also rattle when you aren’t using it.

Scotty’s Automotive in Montague, NJ, can inspect your vehicle’s clutch to see if it needs to be adjusted or replaced. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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