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What Are the Symptoms of a Failing Clutch?

The clutch is an integral part of both automatic and manual transmissions that regulate how the power or torque is distributed. It controls the amount of energy that is propagated among the four wheels. You may not spend a lot of time as a vehicle owner worrying about the clutch, but it's essential to know when it is in trouble. Here are a few troubling signs of a bad clutch:

Slipping Gears
If your car always seems to be sliding out of gear, or if the vehicle feels like it lurches forward or jerks around, you may be in need of a clutch replacement. Another possible reason behind your slippy gear changes is an oil leak. Engine oil can make its way onto the clutch plate, which makes it slippery.

A Burning Scent
If you catch a burning paper smell, that's another symptom that the clutch requires replacement. The smell is most evident whenever you go in and out of traffic and when the clutch is being used. In severe cases, the foul odor can be accompanied by smoke.

Stuck or Sensitive Clutch
If you have a manual, is the clutch pedal hard to push down on? Sometimes, it may need to be adjusted. If you can't apply any pressure on it, it may need to be entirely replaced. 

Clutch issues are warning signs that you should NEVER ignore. You could have a lot more trouble with your transmission than you may think. If you notice any of these signs, please bring your vehicle to Drive AutoCare immediately. If it turns out that you need clutch repair or replacement, we can give you a fair estimate and get it done in a timely and efficient manner so you can get back on the road. Your safety matters to us, so please give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.

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