Heavy Duty Clutch Repair
Clutch Repair & Driveline Services
When it’s time for clutch repair and driveline services for your fleet of heavy-duty trucks, give us a call. We’re standing by 24/7 to help and we’re dedicated to making sure every job is done right the first time. Our services include:
Clutch Repair FAQs
How much does it cost to repair a clutch?
The clutch is a crucial component that your transmission needs to function properly. If your clutch has burned out or otherwise stopped functioning, you’ll need to replace it or your vehicle will not move. That said, it will be one of the more expensive fixes that you may face with your vehicle, short of engine and transmission replacement.
Getting a standard clutch replaced in a conventional vehicle, will cost an average of about $1,500. In some cases, it may cost as little as $600 to $900 to have your clutch repaired or replaced. In other situations, you may be looking at nearly $2,000 to replace the clutch in newer vehicles. Larger trucks will see clutch replacement costs soar well past $1,500 in even the simplest situations.
Can a clutch be repaired?
Just like many other components on your vehicle, the clutch is classified as an assembly. It is a component that consists of many smaller components assembled into a larger part. This means that in some specific and rare circumstances, a clutch repair may be possible without a full clutch replacement.
The biggest problem with this, however, is that it takes the same amount of effort to get to the clutch to replace it as it does to repair the faulty component and put the old clutch back in. Other parts of the clutch may be nearing their end as well, so it’s usually wiser to simply replace the whole assembly.
Is a clutch worth replacing?
The clutch is always worth replacing unless your vehicle fits a very narrow and specific set of criteria. A brand new clutch is unlikely to cost more than $1,500 in most cases. This means that it will always be worth replacing unless you feel that investing that money in your vehicle would be better spent on a newer vehicle with fewer repair needs.
Keep in mind that even if you’d rather put that $1,500 into a new vehicle, you’ll still need to find a reliable vehicle that would be more economical than the clutch replacement, which is highly unlikely.
What are the signs of clutch failure?
There are many potential symptoms or signs that your clutch may be failing, but some are far more common than others. The most common sign, by far, is a spongy or soft clutch pedal. While the feel of the clutch will naturally and gradually change with the use of the vehicle, a sudden change in the pedal’s feel is a sure sign that your clutch is going bad.
Squeaking, rumbling or vibration in the clutch pedal is another sign that your clutch may be going out. You will often find that the friction point of the clutch has changed, and while you are giving the engine power, you aren’t getting the acceleration that you should be. Trouble staying in gear and the unique smell of a clutch that has burnt are other common signs. In some cases, you may also hear a grinding sound when changing gears.
How many miles does a clutch last?
The average clutch will last anywhere from 20,000 to more than 150,000 miles depending on your driving style. The average for most clutch assemblies is in the 60,000 to 80,000 range. Some may find that their clutch lasts longer or shorter, but this will be highly dependent on the driver’s driving style.
Those that drive harder will see less life out of their clutch. This includes drivers that have hard launches and drivers that ride the clutch. Not cleanly engaging the clutch will also cause premature wear, and may result in the well-known burning up of the clutch materials as gears are changed without fully disengaging it.
What causes a clutch to burn out?
A clutch can burn out from many different things, but there are some things you can avoid to ensure your clutch has as long of a life as it can. Riding the clutch, or keeping your foot on the slightly-engaged clutch pedal, keeps the friction level high and wears out the clutch. Shifting technique will be a factor as well; drivers capable of shifting more smoothly are going to see longer clutch life than those who jump in and out of gear quickly and with jerky movements.
Holding the clutch at the friction point while on a hill, instead of using the brake, is damaging. Upgrading your engine will sometimes put extra stress on the clutch that you weren’t anticipating. Getting the clutch contaminated with some sort of fluid will also cause premature wear, as will dropping the clutch during burnouts or heavy towing. Finally, letting someone unfamiliar with a manual transmission borrow your vehicle is one of the fastest ways to need a new clutch.
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