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How Clutches Work

6/5/2012 7:25:37 AM | by Anonymous


Clutches are mechanical devices used for engaging and disengaging two rotating shafts. One of the popular applications of clutches is in manual transmission cars. The shafts in cars are connected to the wheels while the other one to the engine. Most drivers know how to use this pedal but do not know how it works.


We push the clutch pedal through our foot for different reasons. When we want to ignite the engine, first we make sure that the gear is in neutral so our car would not move while we are not ready to drive yet. If we finally want to run it, we need to switch to the first gear and it can only be shifted by stepping on the pedal. The shafts of clutch are connected at the engine and wheels because these are parts of the car that always keep on running. Engaging the shafts means to keeps the two parts spinning at the same time. In order to make a slow down or create a full stop, clutch disengages the shafts so the speed of both parts can be controlled separately. The engine will keep on running while decreasing the speed of the wheels.


One way to determine if you have a failing clutch is when you noticed that it keeps on slipping. Having a broken clutch is not a very serious thing to be worried about. However, it can still cause inconvenience and even accidents. I experienced myself driving a car when suddenly the clutch started to refuse working. I know that there is something wrong because I have to step on the clutch twice in a quick interval before it can allow me to change the gear and it will move forward once I step on it even though I was not pushing the accelerator. The worst part of it is that I was in the middle of traffic. There is a big chance that I will hit the car in front of me so I have no choice but to pull over. I already noticed days before the incident happened that my car’s clutch is failing but I did not mind it right away. From then on, I make it a point to bring any of our cars to a mechanic at the first sign of the problem to make sure their clutches are working fine.

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