Clutches are normally found in anything that has two rotating shafts. For vehicle purposes, a clutch is needed because the engine is constantly rotating and the car’s wheels are not. For a car to stop, without ruining the engine, the wheels cannot be connected directly to the engine. A clutch allows a spinning engine to smoothly transition to a non-spinning transmission by controlling the flow between the engine and wheels.

Friction also plays an important factor in the process. Two pieces recognized as the flywheel and clutch plate are the reason a clutch works. Inside the clutch, the flywheel is placed on the engine and the clutch plate is attached to the transmission. Anytime you are not accelerating, springs are pushing the pressure plate against the clutch plate, which in turn presses against the flywheel. This allows the transmission input shaft to lock to the engine, forcing them to revolve at the same time.

On the counter side, when you accelerate a cable or hydraulic piston pushes on the release fork, which presses the throw-out bearing against the middle of the diaphragm spinning. As the middle of the diaphragm spring is pushed in a series of pins near the outside of the spring causes the spring to pull the pressure plate away from the clutch disc. That process releases the clutch from the spinning engine.

After a while, the tear from the friction material on the disc wears out. When most of the friction material is gone the clutch will start to slip, and eventually it won’t transmit any power from the engine to the wheels. The clutch only wears while the disc and flywheel are turning at different speeds.

Your local Arlington City Garage mechanics are able to provide the maintenance required for your clutch. Stop by your Arlington City Garage auto repair location and let a Arlington ASE Certified Technician replace the necessary parts for your vehicle’s clutch. You can easily make an appointment online by creating an appointment at your convenience. All locations offer Free WiFi or you can drop it off and one of our Arlington mechanics will bring it to your home or office when service is complete. Also, don’t forget to become a City Garage Preferred Customer to save on your next maintenance or all other offered services and repairs.