The clutch in your fleet vehicle is responsible for transmitting engine power to the gearbox, while allowing the transmission to be interrupted while a gear is being shifted. Wear and tear occurs on the clutch and surrounding parts every time you push in your clutch. Pulling heavy loads with your fleet truck wears on your clutch and causes it to require regular part replacement and or repair. Driving habits and environmental conditions have an impact on how often the clutch and flywheel should be replaced. Clutches and flywheels should be replaced roughly every 80,000 miles. We carry the best in clutch replacement and repair including: installation of a new clutch, rebuilding a clutch, flywheel installation.
The flywheel is responsible for storing the momentum from the combustion to keep the crankshaft turning in between the engine’s power stokes. It stores energy when torque in applied, and then releases the energy when torque isn’t being applied.
The most common problem found with clutches is the friction material on the disc wearing out. When a majority of the friction material has worn away, the clutch begins to slip and eventually will stop transferring power from the engine to the wheels. If you hear grinding, experience a hard or sticky clutch, or hear a rumbling sound when the clutch engages, then it’s time to have your clutch checked out.
Burning Smell: When you’re at a standstill and moving forward in small increments, it wears the clutch plate and cause it to overheat. When this happens it will emit a burning smell.
Clutch Slip: A worn out clutch will begin to slip out of gear, especially when the vehicle is under a heavy load. This is an indicator that your clutch is at the end of its life. Slippage can also occur die to old leaks from the crankshaft.