02 Feb 2021 | Motorvaps

Tips on keeping your clutch in good condition

Changing gears without your clutch is impossible. This is something we tend to overlook because it comes so easily to us manual drivers. It’s important that we understand that just like any car component, it can and does wear out over time and it needs to be maintained. If it fails to work, the replacement cost might knock you off your feet!

The lifespan also depends on your driving skills and habits. We often don’t realise how much we tend to use it more than necessary. We’ve put together some tips that could help you increase the lifespan:

Over-revving

When your clutch is engaged, over-revving can be an extremely damaging habit. The engine revs much faster when the clutch is engaged, so over-revving can be harmful. Try to time your gear change and acceleration, so that the RPM (Revs per minute) never spikes more than it should.

Riding the Clutch

Riding the clutch can be a hard habit to break but really, we’re only putting unnecessary strain on it. Ensure that the pedal is pressed all the way down to the bottom or untouched but nothing in-between as this will rapidly shorten the lifespan.

Riding the clutch means that you haven’t taken your foot off your clutch after you’ve changed gears.

Take note of damaging or warning signs

Ensure that you keep an eye and ear out for any signs that your clutch could be damaged. Watch out for anything unusual like your gears changing too easily or without engagement, also if your engine is revving abnormally, this could be a sign of a clutch slipping.

If anything feels wrong have it checked by an RMI-approved workshop as soon as possible.

Steady Stops

There’s no need to be speeding off at a traffic light. Ensure that you slowly and steadily get ready for a stop and gear down as needed. This will allow you to come to a slow stop, avoid clutch slippage, and keep the engine running smoothly.

Hill – climbs and Incline Control

If you’re stopped on a hill-climb or incline, use your handbrake to keep the vehicle still, while engaging the clutch, putting it into gear. Holding it down or riding the clutch adds more strain on the gearbox. Using your handbrake is not only good but can also be the safest method for you and other drivers.

You never know how long a clutch will last, and once you have to replace it, it’s something you will want to avoid at all costs – literally. So, keep in mind these tips and your clutch should last a lot longer. Shop around for the best quotes and make sure that you are using an RMI approved workshop. With our Mechanical Warranties, the clutch is normally one of our covered components, which means you might not need to pay for those costly repairs! However, it’s important to always carefully read through the terms and conditions of your selected policy.