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As the UK's leading clutch specialist, Mr Clutch is the number one stop for all of your clutch repairs and replacement needs. We have been replacing clutches for over 30 years and during this time we have fitted over one million clutches and gained a competitive edge in parts supply, part quality, technical fitting knowledge and speed of clutch replacement.
Free Clutch Checks
In case you are in any doubt that your clutch is actually faulty, we will complete a free clutch check while-you-wait. Through our expert diagnosis we will be able to tell if your clutch is faulty before we start any work on your vehicle. If you think that you are having problems with your clutch just bring your vehicle along to any of our autocentres and one of our skilled technicians will check out the problem with no obligation for a repair. It will only take a few minutes so there is no need to book, just visit your local autocentre during opening hours.
We pioneered the two year or 20,000 mile nationwide warranty and this is offered as standard at all of our branches across the UK on every clutch except vehicles for commercial use i.e. Taxis, Driving Schools, Light Commercials which carry a warranty period of 1 year or 12,00 miles. As our warranty is nationwide, you are covered by all of our branches across the United Kingdom: where ever you travel you and your vehicle can be safe in the knowledge that help is at hand.
Below are the common symptoms that you may experience when the clutch in your vehicle is failing. If you experience any of the below, bring your vehicle to your local Mr Clutch and one of our expert technicians will be able to perform a free clutch check to diagnose the cause of the problem.
Symptoms: Severe low frequency vibration
Cause: Loose or worn engine mountings, misalignment of engine to gearbox, uneven operation of clutch arm, oil contaminated facings, defective pressure plate, defective driven plate, scored or glazed flywheel, worn spigot bearing
Symptoms: Engine accelerates without giving a corresponding increase in vehicle speed, burning smell, vehicle will not drive up steep hills.
Cause: Incorrect clutch adjustments, partial seizure of linkage or fouling of pedal preventing the full return of the linkage, worn clutch facings, oil contaminated facings, defective pressure plate and/or broken springs, partially seized mechanism.
Symptoms: Difficulty in engaging first gear from neutral without making noise, jolt when changing gear with the vehicle in motion, vehicle moves when pedal is fully depressed.
Cause: Incorrect clutch adjustments or lack of fluid in the hydraulic operating system, worn hydraulic system, oil contaminated facings, defective driven plate, buckled plate or seizure on spines, seized spigot bearing or worn spigot.
Symptoms: A sudden move of the vehicle though the pedal is being gradually released.
Cause: Partial seizure of linkage or fouling of pedal preventing the full return of the linkage, uneven operation of the clutch arm, worn hydraulic system, oil contaminated driven plate, misalignment of engine to gearbox, worn spigot bearing.
Concentric Slave Cylinders
On modern vehicles it is becoming increasingly common that when a clutch is replaced the concentric slave cylinder (CSC) also requires replacement.
The assembly of a concentric slave cylinder is structured to allow it to operate directly in front of the clutch cover.
This new technology allows direct hydraulic load to be applied to the clutch via the master cylinder and concentric slave cylinder. As a result providing less pedal pressure, eliminating the potential loss of bearing travel caused by wear commonly associated in traditional linkage or cable type systems.
At Mr Clutch we recommend fitting a new concentric slave cylinder whenever performing a clutch replacement in vehicles where these units are used. Failure to do so may cause damage to the new clutch, resulting in expensive rework.
Advantages of CSCs:
- Lighter pedal pressures allowing a more comfortable drive
- Self adjusting system prolonging the life of your clutch
- Less moving parts which means there are less items to wear or fail.
Flywheels and Dual Mass Flywheels
The flywheel is a metal disc which is fitted directly onto the crankshaft between the engine and the clutch. Its purpose is to help provide a smooth transfer of power from the engine to the drive train. In essence, the flywheel gives your vehicle enhanced momentum and a smoother driving experience.
Indications of a worn flywheel are:
- Visible Grooves
- Visible glazing and/or cracks
We, along with the leading clutch manufacturers worldwide, recommend that whenever a clutch is renewed, your flywheel should be inspected and, where necessary, skimmed or replaced.
Dual Mass Flywheel
Most new vehicles now come fitted with dual mass flywheels. These are essential components that allow an enhanced performance in the vehicles drivability. Additionally, these new components reduce harmful vibration.
A worn dual mass flywheel will affect the performance and efficiency of the new clutch and almost certainly result in premature failure.
Indications of a worn Dual Mass Flywheel are:
- Irregular noises
- Intermittent clutch slip
How a Clutch Works
A standard clutch assembly comprises of several different parts that fit together and assist in helping you to change gear and pull away smoothly. These are the clutch cover, clutch plate, pressure plate, clutch fork, clutch cable or hydraulic system and bearing. There is one other vital component called the flywheel that sits next to the engine and this helps keep the clutch and engine spinning at the same time.
When you are driving and your foot is off the pedal, springs force the pressure plate to push the clutch plate against the flywheel. Because there is a high level of friction between the clutch plate and flywheel this keeps the engine and clutch turning over at the same speed.
When you press the clutch down, the clutch cable or hydraulic system pushes the clutch fork forward, which in turn presses the bearing onto the diaphragm in the clutch cover. The diaphragm then pulls the pressure plate away from the clutch plate which disengages the clutch from the flywheel and engine allowing you to change gear.
Thank you for trusting Mr Clutch Autocentres with your vehicle
Take the time to read all the information below. It has been provided to help you understand why your vehicle may drive differently since the repair. If you find you have an unexplained problem please don’t hesitate to contact your local Autocentre so they can investigate. For your nearest Mr Clutch Autocentre call 0800 67 67 67.
Following your Clutch Replacement
After your clutch is replaced, Mr Clutch Autocentres recommend a bedding-in period of 500 miles. During this period you should release the clutch gently. You will find the ‘biting point’ and the pressure of the clutch pedal has changed, it may be ‘fierce’ as it is engaged.
Whilst all efforts are made to identify every potential problem, not all are apparent at the time of repair. If you find you need further assistance please contact your local Autocentre.
Following your Brake Replacement
After your brake repair Mr Clutch Autocentres recommends a bedding-in period of 250 miles. You should brake gently and leave a greater braking distance as heavy braking during this time can cause damage to the friction linings, causing the brakes to squeal. You will also find that your brake pedal will feel soft and spongy but will soon return to normal.
If you have had your brake shoes replaced or your handbrake repaired, your brake shoes may need time to bed into their normal operation positions. In this case we recommend that you return after 250 miles to have your handbrake checked and re-adjusted if necessary, free of charge.
Following your Gearbox Replacement
After a gearbox replacement on your vehicle, it is normal to find that selection of gears is tighter due to the new components installed. We recommend that after the bedding in period of 500 miles your vehicle is returned to be checked, free of charge.
Following any Replacement
If you should find any problems with your vehicle following any replacement, please contact your local branch immediately.
Warranty Terms – please read carefully
Mr Clutch trained technicians use high quality components during repair or replacement, but faults can occur. In the event you have a problem, please don’t panic, simply contact your local Autocentre so that they can investigate the problem.
a) All our complete clutch kits carry a warranty against manufacturing defects for a period of two years or 20,000 miles, whichever is sooner (from the original invoice date). Except vehicles for commercial use i.e. taxis, driving schools and light commercial vehicles which carry one year or 12,000 miles.
b) All our reconditioned manual gearboxes (except those detailed in 1 (c) carry a warranty against manufacturing defects for a period of one year from the date of fitting or for 12,000 miles, whichever is sooner (from the original invoice date).
c) Reconditioned manual gearboxes for all commercial vehicles carry a warranty against manufacturing defects for a period of 6 months or 6,000 miles, whichever is sooner (from the original invoice date).
d) Modified vehicles could render the warranty invalid.
e) Any other parts supplied carry the manufacturer’s warranty only.
2. Manual gearboxes which are repaired but not replaced have a restricted warranty applying only to those parts which have been replaced as part of the repair.
3. The warranty becomes void if:
a) the replaced component is misused
b) (Clutches Only) clutch adjustments are not carried out by a Mr Clutch Autocentre at 500, 3,000, 6,000, 12,000 miles. Please present your invoice when returning your vehicle for each adjustment.
c) (Gearboxes Only) the gearbox has been used with the incorrect grade or level of oil/lubricant.
d) A subsequent component failure is caused by other fault parts, (e.g. hydraulics, clutch forks, clutch or brake cables) which were not apparent at the time of the component replacement.
e) A subsequent component failure is caused by other faulty parts that have been reported on your vehicle, but have not been rectified.
f) Failure is as a result of undue wear and tear.
g) You do not produce your invoice when making a claim under this warranty.
4. We accept no responsibility for any subsequent part failures that were not apparent at time of inspection.
5. In the event of a component failure during the warranty:
a) You must immediately inform the Mr Clutch Autocentre that carried out the original replacement.
b) It is your responsibility to return the vehicle to a Mr Clutch Autocentre for inspection/repair as soon as possible after such notification.
6. If we repair or exchange the faulty part concerned, the original warranty period is not extended.
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