Clutch Repair & Replacement in Fremont, CA

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If you are driving a car with a manual transmission, sooner or later you will have to go through with a clutch repair or replacement. At Fremont Auto Center we offer comprehensive clutch repair and replacement service. The clutch is the component that connects your car’s engine to the gearbox, which then directs the power to the wheels. As you engage and disengage the clutch, it is grabbing onto and letting go of a flywheel spinning extremely quickly. While the clutch is built to robust standards, it will eventually need to be replaced due to the constant wear and tear it faces.

How Long Does A Clutch Last

Most vehicles will face clutch repair/replacement every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, but there are many factors at play that will dictate the lifespan of your clutch. Two of the biggest factors include the terrain you drive on and your driving style.

Those who live in hilly areas will have their clutch burn out faster than those living in predominantly flat areas. Additionally, those who drive through stop-and-go traffic will also have their clutch last for a shorter time than those whose highway commutes allow them to cruise in one gear.

Driving style and skill level also play a part in your clutch's health. The clutch will face the most wear between being fully engaged and not engaged at all. Those who “ride the clutch” or shift at a slower pace will wear away their clutch faster.

Signs That A Clutch Repair Is Needed

There is no getting around the wear and tear of a clutch, so it’s good to be aware of some signs pointing towards a failing clutch.

  • Weak Acceleration. While many other engine and transmission issues can cause poor acceleration, a bad clutch can be one of the causes.
  • Grinding Gears. If your gears are grinding between shifts, regardless of how smoothly you are performing the action, there can be a clutch issue.
  • Loose/Sticky Clutch Pedal. A bad clutch can change the characteristics of your clutch pedal and cause it to be either too easy or too hard to push.
  • Burning Smell. A burning smell will typically not be the only symptom and will usually accompany any of the previous symptoms.

If your vehicle is experiencing any of these symptoms or has issues with the manual transmission, don’t hesitate to bring it Fremont Auto Center to have the clutch checked out, and repaired or replaced if necessary. You can set up an appointment on our website, or simply call the shop.

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