When should a clutch be replaced?
It is the vehicle's clutch that creates the connection between the engine and gearbox. The clutch ensures that two discs are pressed toward each other and synchronously spin together.
When you press on the clutch pedal, the two discs/gears are moved apart. It is now no longer connected to the gearbox, and you can change gears.
When driving, the clutch is used constantly. Especially in urban driving, but also during rush hour or slow moving traffic, you will constantly engage the clutch to change gears.
One can say that the enjoyment of driving is equal to a clutch that works. In any case, the opposite is not fun. It is therefore important that the car's clutch operates smoothly.
If you feel the clutch makes minor shudders when you step all the way on the pedal, or that there is a grinding noise each time you change gears, it may be a sign that the clutch is about to become defective and needs replacing.
Save money when replacing the clutch
Most cars can drive several hundred thousand kilometers before the clutch needs replacing. This naturally also applies to Toyota.
But if your Toyota is an older model that has never received a new clutch, you can of course risk that the clutch is worn and will eventually need replacing.
If you are faced with having to replace the clutch, it can be very helpful to have an idea of how much it is going to cost in advance.
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Avoid the hassle - let the garage change the clutch
Since the job takes time, time usage may somewhat vary from garage to garage. Thus, the best thing you can do is to gather and compare several different offers.
Most often, the price of spare parts remain largely the same, so it's the number of hours that you have to keep an eye on.
If you are unsure as to which garage to use, help is fortunately available.
Click ratings on the menu in the left corner and read the many garage reviews.
3 clear signs that the clutch is worn out
- The speed does not increase when you want to accelerate. Instead, you feel the clutch spin with no traction.
- When you step on the clutch pedal, you hear noise or a jarring sound. If it sounds like the gearbox is ‘grinding’, it is a sign that the car must be taken to a garage.
- When you change gears, it should not be hard to press on the clutch pedal.
How to avoid unnecessary wear on the clutch
Every time you stop at a red light, you may want to put the car in neutral, rather than keeping it in first gear with the clutch pedal pressed down.
Don’t file the clutch. Instead, always start in the lowest gear and avoid using the clutch as a ‘helping accelerator’.
When you park the car, use the parking brake and put the car in neutral. This prevents the system from remaining in a state of tension. It wears the clutch when it is windy and the car slightly rocks back and forth.
When you change gears, do it wisely. Do not change gears just before the traffic stop ahead. Release the clutch and roll up to the stop.