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The ultimate guide to clutch repairs

Ellie Dyer-Brown, 11 months ago

5 min read

  • Advice
  • Repair

Discover why clutch problems are one of the most common issues to effect cars and how there are a huge range of specific complications to consider when repairing or replacing a clutch.

What is a clutch?


The clutch is quite literally the driving force of your car. Its job is to engage the engine which then turns the wheel and away you go. The general rule of thumb is that your clutch will last approximately 60,000 miles but this figure can vary widely depending on how you drive together with where you live.

How can you tell if you're clutch needs repairing?

There are a huge variety of problems that can occur with a clutch and there are a number of symptoms that you should look out for which should point towards certain issues.

My clutch is slipping

Slipping is one of the most common clutch issues and can cause a drop in performance, as well as damage, if not diagnosed in time.

Watch out for;

  • Your car struggling to move forward at a low speed in a high gear.

  • Your car finding it difficult to get up hills in a high gear.

  • Your car not being able to accelerate effectively or tow a trailer.

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My clutch is making a noise or a chatter

Chattering occurs when the clutch is being used and a grabbing or jerking can be felt in the vehicle.

This problem may be caused by the following internal clutch issues;

  • A warped or grooved flywheel

  • Missing flywheel dowel pins

  • A worn piolet bearing/bushing

  • A worn bearing retainer

  • Bent or broken drive straps

  • A bent or distorted clutch disc

  • A loose clutch cover

  • Clutch linings becoming covered in oil grease or getting burned or glazed

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My clutch is growling or making squealing noises

If you are hearing strange noises like growls or squeals, this can be another sign of a problem with a clutch, as vibrations within the part could cause such sounds.

If you hear any strange noises coming from your car, have it looked at immediately as a fault with your clutch could cause serious danger while you are driving.

How much will a clutch repair cost?

The average quote for clutch repair or replacement is £527.59 in the UK. This is the average cost across all car models.

Average Cost of Clutch Repair by Manufacturer

How long does clutch repair take?

Once more, the length of time to complete clutch repair or replacement will depend entirely on how badly damaged the part is.

What can I do to extend the life of my clutch?

If you can avoid common driving faults such as continually pressing down on the clutch while driving, overloading the car or shifting down through two gears it will certainly extend the lifetime of your clutch.

Is my clutch about to break?

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If you your car is displaying any of the signs we have told you about, it is essential that you move to tackle the problem as soon as possible. The longer you ignore an issue, the worse it will get, fact.

Fortunately, you can do something right now which could help you save future costs. Simply click on the button below to compare prices are garages in your local area.