If you have a standard transmission, chances are you have a clutch. And by “chances are” I mean “you most definitely have one”.
Here’s How You Know Your Clutch Is Going Bad:
- you apply the gas pedal, the engine revs up, but the car doesn’t go anywhere (the clutch is slipping).
- it may be noticeably harder to depress the clutch pedal.
- as you accelerate from a stop, the car may “chatter” or “shudder” before it fully engages.
- when you let the clutch pedal out, the engine won’t engage until you’ve almost fully released the pedal (instead of a gradual release).
- there may be no free-play at the top of the pedal – the pedal engages the engine immediately, instead of gradually.
- the clutch pedal may not do anything at all, not engaging or disengaging the engine.
You may experience one or more of these symptoms if your clutch is going.
If you’ve been driving your car regularly, you’re familiar with how the clutch pedal normally behaves. When things change, that’s when you know there’s a problem.
The problem might not be with the clutch itself though. For example, if the clutch CABLE wears out, you might experience some of the above symptoms. It’s cheap to replace a clutch cable though, so that’s no big deal, and sometimes an adjustment is all that’s necessary to fix the problem.
You might also have to replace the clutch (if it’s worn out), and the flywheel could also need machining or replacement depending on it’s condition.
The Price Of Replacing A Clutch
If it turns out that your clutch is actually worn out, it’ll need to be replaced.
Replacing a clutch can be a labour intensive job – the LOWEST priced clutch job I’ve ever seen was $500, and that was on a very small and inexpensive car. The average price of a clutch replacement today is between $800-1500.
That price includes machining or replacing the flywheel too.
Pictures Of A Worn Out Clutch
Here are some photos of a recent clutch job I did. There are some descriptions underneath each photo so you can see the different ways that a clutch wears out: