What is a clutch inspection?
A clutch inspection is a thorough check-up on all the components that allow a manual transmission vehicle to shift from one gear to another.
Because there is a fair amount of skill in manually shifting gears in a vehicle, the clutch and bearings tend to wear more quickly than an automatic transmission. Replacing worn-out bearings and clutches should be a part of your regular maintenance schedule.
If these components are allowed to wear too much and are not replaced, it can lead to transmission damage and a hefty mechanic bill!
How to get your clutch inspected
When you hear the noise while operating your clutch can sometimes tell you what needs replacing:
- When you release the clutch—likely a worn throwout bearing
- When you press on the clutch—most likely a worn pilot bearing, but could also be the release bearing
- When you are in neutral and not pressing on the clutch—likely a worn input bearing
It’s important to keep in mind that the clutch itself may need replacing. All of these parts are high-wear components that ought to be inspected regularly.
If you are noticing a new noise while shifting gears, it’s best to take your car to a trusted mechanic. Some of these parts require accessing the transmission itself, and you shouldn’t do that yourself unless you’re a trained professional.
When do I need to get my clutch inspected?
Since the parts that make up the clutch are high-wear components, you should have them inspected as part of your regular maintenance.
However, if you begin to hear an unusual noise while operating the clutch of your car, you should take it to a professional mechanic as soon as possible. Allowing the clutch to continue to wear can cause serious damage to your transmission, or leave you stranded on the side of the road.
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