In all manual gearbox driven cars there is a part within the gearbox which is called the clutch system. This is also known as the transmission, and there are 2 different systems within. One is the manual system, and the other is hydraulic.
Manual Clutch System
There is a cable that operates a push fork, and as you press the clutch peddle it pulls the fork to enable the thrust bearing. A common fault with this system is the thrust bearing becoming worn causing noise or stickiness, this will result in the gears becoming tight when they are being selected. Through time, and mileage, if the clutch plate is becoming worn there is normally a sudden loss of power with the plate slipping which leads to the car being very weak or ‘sluggish’ when peddle is pressed asking for power, as say going up hills very slowly.
Hydraulic Clutch System
In the hydraulic clutch system there is a part that is called the concentric slave cylinder. This is operated by hydraulic pressure that is of brake fluid. As the clutch pedal is pressed, there is a surge of fluid that pushes the concentric slave cylinder towards the clutch pressure plate which enables the smooth selection of gears. On this system the common problem being that the concentric slave cylinder is worn, or brake fluid starts to leak from within the gearbox. You should notice this as the brake fluid light will come on in the dashboard area.
Clutch Repair Costs
For all clutch repairs, clutches are supplied & fitted from the aftermarket range unless otherwise requested as main dealer parts. Clutch repairs on small cars like Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Clio, Ford Ka our labour costs are about £150 & clutch parts cost. For large cars like Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Vectra and 4×4 vehicles the labour costs are about £250 & price of clutch parts.
For clutch repairs on larger commercial vehicles we charge an additional £75 for labour, as these are bigger and heavier vehicle parts and take longer to remove, repair and replace. Call us on 01555 820547 or 07980 929789 for a price quote on clutch repairs for your vehicle, or fill in the contact form on the right and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
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