• Referred By Tom Martino
  • trouble-shooter-logo
  • bbb-logo
  • 3 year or 100,000 mile warranty available

Denver Clutch Repair: Troubleshooting a Tricky Clutch

Denver Clutch RepairMany people who drive manual transmission cars know and enjoy the perks of shifting gears with a clutch. But they may also know that clutch problems are notoriously hard to diagnose and fix. That’s why our Denver clutch repair experts at Advanced Transmission Center put together this list of the most common clutch issues, their causes, and the best way to solve and prevent them.

One of the most common clutch issues is difficult, notchy shifting. This is usually caused by:

  • Badly adjusted shifter or shift linkage
  • Bent or damaged shift fork(s)
  • Transmission synchronizer rings worn down
  • Improper lubricant for the transmission

Another common clutch problem is clutch slippage, which occurs due to:

  • Again, badly adjusted shifter or shift linkage
  • Too long or short throwout bearing
  • Grease or oil contaminating clutch assembly
  • Clutch disc is broken or is missing friction material
  • Clutch assembly not powerful enough for car 

The issue of improper clutch release can result from:

  • Once again, badly adjusted shifter or shift linkage
  • Flywheel badly surfaced or not surfaced at all
  • Hydraulic system leaking or trapping air
  • Clutch disc installed backwards or hitting flywheel bolts

The clutch chattering or shuddering often indicates:

  • Flywheel badly surfaced or not surfaced at all
  • Grease or oil contaminating clutch assembly
  • Pressure plate/disc defective
  • Damaged or misaligned U-joints

Unless you are an experienced car mechanic, fixing most of these problems will not be an easy DIY job. These issues are best left to a Denver clutch repair professional, especially because improper installation can even worsen some of the problems you already face. But if you are willing to try these repairs yourself, or if you are a car mechanic yourself, keep these tips in mind when fixing or installing a clutch:

  • Keep all oily, petroleum-based materials away from the clutch disc
  • Use brake cleaner or acetone to clean the flywheel and pressure plate before installation
  • Properly align the clutch disk with the flywheel and pressure plate using a pilot tool
  • Replace all worn components like clutch forks, cylinders, shaft collars, etc.

 How To Use This Information

In most cases, this kind of work is best left in the hands of our Denver clutch repair experts at Advanced Transmission Center. Not only do our mechanics provide reliable repairs on manual transmissions, automatic transmissions, differentials, and a host of other car problems, but they also provide fast and friendly service that will make you want to come back! For more information or to set up an appointment, you can call one of our Advanced Transmission Center locations.

Call our Northwest Denver center at (303) 351-5088(303) 502-9565, our Southwest Denver center at (720) 463-5056(303) 532-4842 or contact us online.

Have you ever had clutch problems? How did you resolve them?

This entry was posted in Transmission Tech. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *