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A Car Owner's Guide to Clutch Repair

Driving a manual transmission offers many benefits, including better gas mileage and a more engaged experience behind the wheel, but one of the downsides is that manual transmissions can require more maintenance and repair than automatics. One of the most common components that need to be repaired is the clutch. Although automatic transmissions have clutches too, it’s more commonly a problem with stick shifts. This part of the manual transmission is required to shift between gears, and overtime the wear and tear from everyday driving causes the clutch to wear out. Here are some things to know about clutch repair, including the signs that you need to visit a transmission repair shop in San Jose.

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Signs You Need Clutch Repair

There are things you can do to extend the life of your clutch (more on that below) but no clutch will last forever. If you notice any of the early warning signs of a worn-out clutch, visit a transmission repair shop for clutch repairs:

  • The transmission slips out of gear frequently
  • It becomes increasingly difficult to shift gears
  • Clutch is harder to engage properly
  • You hear grinding noises while shifting gears with clutch engaged

Cost of Clutch Repair

The cost to repair a worn-out clutch depends on a number of different factors, including the condition of the clutch. Generally, though, the longer you wait to visit a transmission repair shop after first noticing that your clutch has worn out the more expensive the repairs will be. To save time and money, bring your vehicle in for repairs at the first sign of clutch trouble (and for that matter anytime you notice problems with your transmission).

Tips to Extend Clutch Life

Want to maximize the time between clutch repairs? One of the best things you can do to extend the life of your clutch is to shift as smoothly as possible and avoid “riding the clutch,” which means keeping the clutch pedal engaged longer than necessary to shift gears. Also, by having your transmission inspected every 25,000 miles you may be able to have the clutch repaired and resurfaced before it wears out completely and needs to be replaced.

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