Clutch Repair & Replacement Service
While most vehicles on the road today are designed with an automatic transmission, many older vehicles were built with a manual transmission. Also known as a stick shift or straight shift, these vehicles require a little more driver involvement when it comes time to change gears. Not only will a vehicle with a manual transmission require a driver to pay more attention to the sound and feel of a motor, but the driver must also use both their right hand and left foot to change gears with a shifter and compress clutch pedal.
In a manual transmission vehicle, the clutch works by engaging and disengaging the engine power to the transmission. This way, you’re able to change gears and stop the vehicle without the engine turning off completely. The parts of a vehicle clutch are clutch disc, pusher fork, throwout bearing, flywheel and pressure plate. Just like any system that uses a lot of moving metal parts, it’s only a matter of time before these components wear out, especially under harsh driving conditions.
For expert clutch repair or clutch replacement, schedule an appointment at one of the 17,000+ NAPA Auto Care centers. Our ASE-certified technicians perform industry-leading diagnostic and repair services by installing superior NAPA parts and components.
SIGNS OF A BAD CLUTCH
The clutch on a modern straight-shift vehicle can last for 80,000 miles, but that’s in an ideal driving environment. Even the most seasoned manual transmission driver will struggle with gear changes from time to time, and this can wear down your clutch. Some common signs of a bad clutch include
- Squeaking, whining or grinding when engaging the clutch pedal
- Clutch pedal feels spongy or sticky when pushed down
- Shifting gears has become difficult
- Loss of acceleration when shifting
CLUTCH REPLACEMENT & REPAIR AT NAPA AUTO CARE
Depending on the extent of the repair or replacement required, the ASE-certified technicians at NAPA Auto Care will inspect and replace some or all of the following:
- Transmission clutch
- Clutch pilot bearing
- Clutch slave cylinder
- Transmission clutch friction plate
- Clutch release arm
Know that engine oil or transmission fluid leaks can cause a clutch to deteriorate. Any oil or transmission leaks need diagnosed and repaired prior to clutch replacement to avoid recurring problems. The NAPA Auto Care technician may recommend replacement of the rear main seal and/or the transmission input shaft seal even when not leaking to ensure any expensive future repairs are avoided.
Some shops may recommend resurfacing or replacing the flywheel when the clutch is replaced (which is an additional cost to a standard clutch replacement). On some vehicles, the clutch slave cylinder is located within the clutch assembly. To avoid having to remove the transmission before the next clutch service, we recommend replacing the slave cylinder at the same time as the clutch.
How Much Does Clutch Repair & Replacement Cost?
Your local NAPA Auto Care is a great option for reliable automotive repairs. To ensure you know what to expect during your clutch repair or replacement, check out our fast and straightforward NAPA Auto Care Repair Estimator Tool to get an instant estimate for the cost of parts and labor for your service, as well as an overview of the repair.
NAPA Auto Care backs up its quality repair work with a free 24-Month/24,000-Mile Peace of Mind Warranty. This warranty is offered across the entire nationwide NAPA Network and covers parts and labor on qualifying repairs and services, so you can schedule your repair service with confidence.