Clutches

I’m a girl, so I guess you can probably say that I don’t really know much about the clutch on that car of yours - but that’s all about to change after you finish reading this. I might even know more than you !

Let’s start with something that you probably don’t know : a manual transmission has more than one clutch. When a person has an automatic transmission, they have a clutch, too ! There are a lot of other things, besides cars, that have clutches like drills, chain saws, and even the yo-yo that you used to play with when you were little has a Clutch .

If you didn’t know, a Clutch is a very useful device that has two rotating shafts. One of the shafts is usually driven by the motor or something called a pulley. The second shaft drives another device in the vehicle. In the car that you have, there has to be a clutch because the engine is spinning all the time. For the car to stop without killing the engine, the wheels on the vehicle need to be somehow disconnected from the engine. When you have the clutch, it can smoothly engage a spinning engine to a non-spinning transmission by having control over the slippage between them.

Before you understand how the clutch actually works, you may want to understand a little more about this whole "Friction" thing. Friction is the resistance that either one surface or object encounters when moving over another object. The friction is caused by the peaks & the valleys; the bigger these “peaks” & the larger the “valleys” are, the harder it is going to be to slide the object. Your clutch works because of the friction between something called a clutch plate & a flywheel.

The flywheel connects to the engine & the clutch plate connects to the transmission of your vehicle. When you stop speeding & take your foot off the pedal, the springs push the plate against the clutch disc. Therefore, that same pressure presses against the flywheel. When this happens, this locks the engine to the transmission input shaft, which causes them to spin at the same speed.

The friction between the clutch plate & the flywheel determines the amount of force the clutch can hold. When you press on the clutch petal, there’s a cable or hydraulic piston that pushes on the release fork. This presses something called the throw-out bearing against the middle of the diaphragm spring. As the middle of the diaphragm spring is pushed in, there is a sequence of pins that are near the outside of the spring that causes the same spring to pull the pressure plate further & further away from the clutch disc. This releases the clutch from the spinning engine.

The most common problem that you can have with a Clutch is when the friction material on the disc wears out. The friction material on the clutch disc is pretty similar to the friction material that you can see on the pads of a disc brake - but after a while, it’s going to wear away. You’re clutch will start to slip when most of the friction material is gone. After it is completely stripped, it won’t transmit any power from the engine to the wheels. The clutch on your vehicle only wears while the clutch disc & the flywheel spin at different speeds. When these two things are locked together, the friction material is held tightly against the flywheel; so that way, they spin in sync.

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