Nowadays most car drivers prefer to avoid ‘the stick’ – it is far more common for people to simply learn how to drive a vehicle with automatic gears as opposed to one with manual gears. Of course, there still remain plenty of car owners who maintain a specific romanticism about manual transmissions, but what should be somewhat surprising is that both of these two types of people often have a poor understanding of how exactly transmissions work. Whether you drive a vehicle with automatic or manual transmissions, it should be worthwhile to understand whether the clutch of your car needs to be replaced or not – here are a number of warning signs of a worn clutch plate:
- Clutch slippage – one of the warning signs that tell you there is something wrong with your clutch is clutch slippage. To elaborate on what exactly this means, simply put clutches are what keep the speed of your vehicle within the limits of each gear – in more technical terms, the clutch maintains the link between the engine and the gear discs, and ensures the link is not ‘unlocked’, so to say. When the clutch is worn or improperly functioning, however, the connection can be undone, and this results in the vehicle reaching speeds beyond the said gear (e.g. if you are driving a Nissan Patrol, for example, the nissan patrol clutch will keep the speed within the limit of the gear you are driving with, and once you reach the maximum speed, it will not go over it).
- Poor functioning of the vehicle – another reason why you might want to look into a Nissan Patrol performance clutch kit is a generally poor car performance. Transmissions play a fundamental role in ensuring that your car properly starts, accelerates and decelerates. If you find that your vehicle has trouble starting up – for example, it starts out slowly even though you are racing the engine – or has trouble with getting into the reverse, such as giving out when you put it into reverse, chances are your clutch is worn out. Likewise, if you have trouble putting your car into any gear at all, that is another very obvious symptom of a bad clutch.
- Strange noises – one of the most obvious warning signs that tell you your car is not functioning properly is a strange noise, or noises. Any sort of noise you do not regularly hear is generally a tell-tale sign you need an inspection, and yes, a worn clutch plate will also likely be a cause for unusual noise. Unusual noises when your car is in neutral gear or is shifting gears is generally a sign of something wrong with your transmissions.