Clutch wear: avoid these errors! –

These things damage your clutch!

A clutch is considered a wearing part, but can last almost forever if used correctly. The correct operation is important. You should avoid the following errors!

MIt looks almost every day in the supermarket parking lots: a car is parked or parked somewhere, the engine roars loudly, but the vehicle hardly moves from the spot. This happens if the clutch is released too slowly at too high a speed. You can’t do a greater favor for your workshop. Because the wear of the clutch is enormous with such a driving style – the part must be replaced accordingly at an early stage. This can quickly cost up to 2000 euros. If you avoid the following errors, you can not only spare your clutch, but also your wallet.

Mistake no. 1: Grind clutch too long

Broken clutch

If the clutch is dragged for a long time or repeatedly, it overheats and the coating on the clutch disc dissolves.

A clutch is most heavily loaded when it is ground. In this case, “letting go” means that the foot is not removed completely or not quickly enough from the clutch pedal. As a result, the clutch disc does not lie against the flywheel of the engine with full pressure and grinds on it. Not only will the clutch disc surface wear out faster, the friction also creates heat. The heat is again not good for the clutch disc lining, but also not for other components such as the release bearing or the slave cylinder. A clutch that has become too hot can usually be noticed in addition to a pungent smell by smoke.

Gear shift

A calm and forward-looking driving style protects the clutch and thus extends its service life.

To prevent this from happening, the clutch should not be allowed to drag too long or too often. Therefore, impatient drivers who keep their car rolling at a red traffic light are not a good role model. When driving uphill, it is better to use the handbrake than to start with a howling engine and a smoking clutch. Parking maneuvers often only work with a sliding clutch – here the engine speed should be kept as low as possible. In slow traffic it is better to set the car in motion with the clutch, but then you should take out the gear and just let the car roll. If the use is too rough, such as with a cavalier start, a clutch will, of course, also wear significantly faster. In general, the driving style makes a big difference. If you drive and shift with foresight, you not only save fuel, but also protect the clutch.

Error No. 2: Keep clutch pressed unnecessarily

If you are standing at a red traffic light, you should bring the gear lever into neutral and let go of the clutch pedal. If, on the other hand, the gear remains engaged and the clutch is depressed during the entire red phase, the release bearing and the automatic press are stressed the entire time, which leads to increased wear. The same applies as for impatient drivers: It is best not to engage the gear until the traffic lights change from red to yellow. If you let the car roll idling through the slow traffic, the clutch should also be released to protect the release bearing. Another tip: do not put your foot on the clutch pedal while driving! This also means that the clutch disc does not lie against the flywheel with full pressure.

Mistake # 3: Overloading or overloading the vehicle

Broken clutch

Not only the clutch disc lining suffers when driving the wrong way, but also components such as the printing machine (in the picture).

How much power an engine needs to be able to move a car forward depends on a large number of factors, the so-called driving resistances. The weight of the car plays a particularly important role here. So if you hang a heavy trailer on the car or load too much, the engine has to exert even more power to set the car in motion. This force also goes through the clutch, which is also exposed to higher loads and therefore wears out faster. For this reason, couplings on towing vehicles generally have to be replaced more frequently. When maneuvering with a trailer, the clutch is also often dragged.


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