Clutch plates serve as the medium through which engine power is transmitted to the gearbox. The clutch plate material is similar to that of the brake pad and its friction plate has a certain degree of high temperature resistance. During the operation of the vehicle, pressing down the clutch pedal causes the clutch plate to separate from the engine flywheel. When shifting from high to low gear, the clutch plate connects with the engine flywheel, and as the engine speed decreases, the vehicle is forced to slow down to match the engine speed, effectively consuming its own kinetic energy.
In theory, auto clutch disc should be high consumption goods. However, in reality, many people only replace their clutch plates every few years, and some car owners may have experienced the smell of burnt clutch plates before replacing them. In fact, the replacement cycle of the clutch is not fixed, and it is more reliable to determine based on the mileage and the degree of wear and tear of the clutch plates.
This is mainly an operational issue. If your car still has a lot of power while driving, you will need to replace the clutch plates. Of course, sometimes experienced repairmen can judge this, or sometimes the driver can rely on their different daily experiences to determine it. The general requirement is to replace the clutch plates after driving for 100,000 kilometers.
If your car can't run fast on the highway, and pressing the accelerator to the floor can only reach a speed of 80-90 km/h (due to the clutch slipping), or if the car feels jolted when starting in first gear, the clutch plates and pressure plates should be replaced. If there is stiffness in the clutch pedal when pressed or released, it also needs to be replaced. If the clutch feels uneven or jerky, it may mean that the clutch plate has severe wear and tear, and should be replaced in a timely manner. If you suddenly press the accelerator to the floor while in fifth gear at 100 km/h and the engine speed increases significantly without much acceleration in vehicle speed, it means that your clutch is slipping, or if you hear a metal friction sound when raising the clutch each time, it also means that it needs to be replaced.
Your clutch is getting worn out.
Your car struggles to climb hills.
After driving for a while, you can smell something burning.
The simplest way is to put it into first gear, pull up the hand brake (or step on the brake) and then start the car. If the engine does not stall, then it needs to be replaced.
If the car feels uneven or jolts when starting in first gear, and if there is stiffness when pressing or releasing the clutch pedal, then the auto clutch plate needs to be replaced.
If you hear a metal friction sound each time you raise the clutch, it may mean that the clutch plates are severely worn.
If your car cannot run at high speed, and when you press the accelerator to the floor while in fifth gear at 100 km/h, the engine speed increases significantly without much acceleration in vehicle speed, it means that your clutch is slipping and needs to be replaced. Experienced repairmen or drivers can judge this based on their daily driving experiences.
Clutch plates are not easily observable, as they are not exposed to the outside world. This means that their condition is not easily detectable. Many car owners who do not regularly send their cars for maintenance often discover problems with their clutch plates or the burnt smell coming from them. This situation can be dangerous, so it is hoped that this article can help and encourage people to replace their clutch plates promptly, ensuring the safety of their driving.