Complete clutch replacement and clutch repair service by qualified technicians in Colchester, Essex.
We are Colchester’s Clutch Repair Specialists
If you’re looking for expert clutch repair in Colchester, Essex or beyond, look no further than All Trans Autos. Our clutch specialists have been proudly serving the Stanway area for over four decades, and are trusted to deliver results when it counts at a competitive price point.
We are part of the Bosch Car Service network, and as a result, our technicians are continually trained at the cutting-edge of clutch repair. Couple this with our heavy investment in our state-of-the-art garage, and you know your vehicle is in the best possible hands.
We know how frustrating and time consuming it is when your clutch deteriorates. Our specialist clutch specialists in Colchester save you time and money. We will diagnose the problem quickly and repair or replace a clutch in a timely fashion, often the same day. Book a clutch service online today!
How does my Clutch work?
The clutch in your car is there to transfer the power from the engine to the wheels, creating movement of the vehicle. The clutch system has a number of components as illustrated. To explain in simple terms how the clutch works we will concentrate on the clutch pedal, the clutch disc, pressure plate and flywheel.
When the clutch pedal is pressed, a gear selected and the pedal is gently raised, gradually and gently the springs inside the pressure plate smoothly clamp the clutch disc between the pressure plate and flywheel and all three pieces spin together (they are engaged) to match the speed of the engine and allow the wheels to move. Once the vehicle is moving in a gear the pedal can be pressed down and the clamping force from the pressure plate is released, (disengaged) the clutch disc spins independently of the flywheel and pressure plate, allowing the vehicle to change up the gears or down the gears and when required come to a stop with the engine running.
When do I need a Clutch Service?
With its job and purpose the friction material on the clutch disc will slowly wear out, when this happens the pressure plate will not be able to put sufficient pressure on the clutch disk and stop it from slipping. The early signs of wear are likely to show in higher gear changes as the engine speed (rpm) will increase without a change in the vehicle speed. As the deterioration worsens the vehicle will eventually not be able to move at all as it will be unable to transfer the engine power to the wheels.
Clutch Repair FAQ’s
What are the signs of clutch problems?
Difficulty going into gear
Over revving when not accelerating
Clutch pedal does not feel normal
Do I need to replace the flywheel when I replace the clutch?
Not always. However Dual Mass Flywheels wear and generally need to be replaced at the same time
How expensive is a clutch replacement?
Prices vary depending on the model-Call us on 01206 576641 for a comprehensive quote
How long does it take to replace a clutch?
Time to do a Clutch replacement depends on make, model and age. Call us on 01206 576641 and using our technical data we can advise you and give you a quote
Can the flywheel damage the clutch?
Not necessarily, however if the dual mass flywheel seizes, collapses or seizes at an angle it may damage the clutch. If the flywheel starts to break up it may damage your starter motor and cause you starting issues.
How do you choose a clutch for your car?
It’s always best to remember to consult your local mechanic on what the best type of clutch is best for your car with its specific model, manufacturer, and year of make. You also should take into account the way you use and drive your vehicle for context in what kind of clutch you may need. To handle more power and performance, clutch manufacturers may produce different clutch materials in the manufacturing process ranging from; ceramic, organic, organic composite, sintered ceramic, and sintered iron.
They also take into context the purpose of the vehicle when it comes to pressure plate combinations. Some clutches are designed for a smoother and engaging ride whilst others are made to endure and absorb heat and survive in harsh conditions. As mentioned, always consult your expert technician who can assess your car and what you use it for and use this information to determine what the best kind of clutch would be for you.
If you need more information about what might be the best clutch for your car, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of venerable professionals at All Trans Autos. Our highly-qualified Bosch Car Service clutch mechanics will be able to diagnose the problem quickly and repair or replace a clutch swiftly, often on the same day. Book a clutch service online today!
What is included in your clutch fitting service?
Your standard clutch fitting service found at All Trans Autos will primarily involve fitting in the clutch disc, releasing the pilot bearing, and replacing or resurfacing the flywheel. On a more minor note, the clutch fitting service can potentially include the replacement of the clutch pressure plate and clutch bushing. A standard clutch assembly comprises 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, hydraulic system, and bearing. All Trans Autos technicians aim to ensure all components of the clutch are tended to and cared for.
If you need more information regarding our clutch fitting service, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of venerable professionals at All Trans Autos. Our highly-qualified Bosch Car Service clutch mechanics will be able to diagnose the problem quickly and repair or replace a clutch swiftly, often on the same day. Book a clutch service online today!
Where’s the clutch on a car?
The clutch pedal is found only in cars with manual transmission and will be located left of the brake pedal. The clutch pedal must be pressed down (then subsequently raised after changing gear) to operate the vehicle. Once your foot is off the pedal, the springs grip and push the pressure plate against the clutch disc, which in turn presses against the flywheel. This results in the clutch ‘engaged’ state, locking the engine to the transmission input shaft, causing all three pieces to spin at the same synchronised speed to match that of the engine. This is what allows for the vehicle to move. If your vehicle is moving and you disengage the clutch, the clutch disc will spin independently of the flywheel and pressure plate. This is what allows vehicles to change gears and come to a stop whilst the engine is running.
To learn more about the science behind your clutch, or if you are interested in getting instructions on how to properly utilise the benefits of your clutch, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of venerable professionals at All Trans Autos. Our highly-qualified Bosch Car Service clutch mechanics will be able to diagnose the problem quickly and repair or replace a clutch swiftly, often on the same day. Book a clutch service online today!
How much clutch fluid do I need?
You can always check on how much clutch fluid your vehicle needs by simply inspecting your car for its clutch fluid level. Checking the clutch fluid level in your car is as easy as opening the bonnet, checking it, and topping it off with a certain type of brake or hydraulic clutch fluid (recommended by the manufacturer) if it’s low. Consulting your vehicle manual will help you determine what type of fluid you will need and how much of it you will need.
You can also tell that your vehicle needs more clutch fluid when you experience; vibrating gear changes, gear slippage, gear grinding, vehicle lurching, sluggish gear shifts, and/or a lack of spring action when changing gears. Any one of these issues is an indicator that your clutch fluid level needs topping up and that action should be taken as soon as possible.
Checking on your clutch fluid level often is not only convenient but is also important for ensuring your car is operating at optimum performance and also safeguards your transmission from malfunctioning or racking up serious damages that can lead to costly and time-consuming repairs.
How long will my clutch last?
Thanks to the wonders of modern engineering, the average clutch of today will last with a lifespan of as long as 80,000 or even 100,000 miles. If you want the highest number of mileage without a need for clutch replacement, you want to especially take care to use the clutch gently and keep it well maintained. This lifespan can also be influenced by other factors such as driving style or the type of terrain you drive through regularly. If you are more reckless and do not take care of it, your clutch’s durability could only last a measly 35,000 miles. If you also use your vehicle for haulage and consistently overload it with frequent hefty tows you could experience problems with even a newly installed clutch and could cut your clutch’s lifespan down around the 50,000-mile mark.
Always remember that although the clutch of today is more durable than its predecessor, its lifespan will be affected by the way you treat it. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of venerable professionals at All Trans Autos. Our highly-qualified Bosch Car Service clutch mechanics will be able to diagnose the problem quickly and repair or replace a clutch swiftly, often on the same day. Book a clutch service online today!