STIFF CLUTCH, WHY IT HAPPENS AND HOW TO SOLVE IT
If you drive a three-pedal car, the clutch pedal on the leftmost side is your everyday friend. The pedal is vital in a stick shift car, but it doesn’t mean it’s problem-free.
Stiff clutch may be the most common issue that drivers face. Not only it makes your leg works extra hard, but the stiffness may also distract you while driving.
This problem certainly indicates that something is wrong in the transmission system. To know how and what to solve, let us first take look at some of the potential root causes.
The first thing to inspect is your entire clutch cable. They may be worn out over time, or simply need to be lubricated with special oil or powder. After the cable is lubricated, you also need to re-set the cable and adjust it to your convenience.
Another potential cause is a worn-out clutch disc, which may create more serious problems to different components in the car, even the engine.
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Clutch-disc will experience wear because of use. When this happens, it is best to replace it altogether than trying to extend its lifetime.
Other than the clutch disc, there may be also problems with the clutch cover. During inspection, make sure you check the condition of these components. A worn-out clutch cover will weaken the pressure plate. Like the clutch disc, a clutch cover needs to be replaced when damaged. Have a mechanic replace it to make sure the new one is positioned correctly.
Release bearing defects in the clutch cover is another potential problem. It may be worn-out because of constant use, weakening the diaphragm spring. If this goes on, the spring will experience excessive wear and the release bearing must be replaced, as it will be beyond repair.
Finally, a stiff clutch may be caused by your driving habit. For example, keeping your foot down on the pedal while the car accelerates. This habit may hasten the damage in the clutch disc and other components in the transmission system. Always press and release the pedal gently to ensure the components of your car last their lifetime.