Clutch Repair & Replacement

Your clutch is a vital part of your vehicle – it is the part of your engine that engages and disengages the power transmission. If it’s not working properly, you can’t drive your car and you could become stranded. If you’ve got a clutch problem, call on a clutch specialist from AutoMend. We are one of the leading clutch repair and replacement networks within the UK. We have access to more than 9000 car and van garages and mobile mechanics, spread all over England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. You can request a quote online by completing our simple no-obligation quote request form. Just select your vehicle make from the drop down menu, choose the category ‘Mechanical / Engine Problems’ and enter your location. You will have immediate access to trusted experts in your own locality, and you can call them directly if you prefer. We ensure that you deal direct with genuine clutch repair and clutch replacement specialists near you.

How do I know I need a clutch repair?

The clutch mechanism is made up of many complex individual moving parts. Many of these parts revolve and mesh together during use, which means they generate friction. The moving parts are therefore constantly being worn away, and this is why clutch repairs are among the most frequently requested of all the vehicle maintenance services. A worn clutch often manifests itself as ‘clutch slip’ under load (see below). Minor clutch wear can usually be adjusted out, but if it isn’t attended to when it is a minor issue, the increasing friction during use begins to generate excessive heat. The heat in turn can cause further damage within the clutch unit. If you notice a problem with your clutch, get it checked out by an AutoMend expert as soon as possible, or a lower-cost clutch adjustment could turn into a more expensive clutch replacement.

Recognising clutch problems

Clutch Slip

This is the most common of all the clutch problems and can affect the performance of your vehicle. If you don’t get it fixed as soon as you notice it, you risk further damaging your clutch.

The symptoms of clutch slip include difficulty driving forwards at a low speed, problems getting up a hill while in a high gear or accelerating. If you try to tow a trailer, clutch slip will make it difficult to make progress.

Clutch Noise

If you hear odd sounds from your clutch, such as squeaks, squeals or growls, don’t just turn the radio up and ignore them, get them checked out straight away. The sounds could well be symptoms of clutch problems, because what you are hearing is vibration within the clutch unit caused by wear, warping or damage.

Difficulty in changing gear is another indicator that you are developing clutch problems. If you find it hard to get the car or van out of gear, or you get a ‘grinding’ noise when you put it in gear, that is a sure sign of a clutch problem, and you need to call on your local AutoMend clutch repair expert for guidance.

Clutch Chatter

This is a term used for the ‘jerking’ or ‘grabbing’ you may experience when letting in the clutch. There are many causes of this sensation, not always directly related to the clutch, so they should always be investigated by an expert as soon as possible.

Clutch-related causes include worn or warped moving parts, glazed or oily clutch linings, and broken or missing fixings. Other causes include transmission mounts being broken or loose, mis-alignment within the drive train, or damaged CV joints or U-joints.

Some frequently asked questions:

How does my clutch work?

The function of your clutch is to connect your vehicle's engine to the gearbox, which then drives the wheels. You need to have a device such as a clutch in-between the engine and the wheels because the vehicle’s engine spins round all the time it is switched on, but you don’t want your wheels to turn all the time.

Within the clutch, there is a flywheel (connected to the vehicle’s engine), and a clutch plate (connected to the transmission). When the clutch is engaged (you have your foot off the clutch pedal), the flywheel and the plate mesh together, and spin at the same speed. This connects the engine to the gearbox and therefore engages the wheels, and the vehicle can begin to move. When you press your foot down on the clutch pedal, the flywheel and the clutch plate are separated from each other, and while they are apart, you can change gear.

How long will my clutch last?

Your clutch relies on friction to operate, and it has lots of moving parts. For this reason, a clutch is designated as a 'wear part' which means it will need to be replaced at some point in the life of your vehicle. Under normal circumstances, a clutch can be expected to last around seven years. There are many factors that will reduce the life of a clutch. Driving with your foot resting on the clutch pedal (called riding the clutch) is a sure way to burn out a clutch more quickly. Aggressive driving involving lots of acceleration is another. Even city driving, where there is a tendency for slow-moving start/stop traffic, and lots of gear changes, can cause your clutch to wear out faster.

Can my clutch be repaired?

The answer to this depends on the type of problems you are having with your clutch. Relatively minor issues such as clutch slip caused by a worn clutch plate can often be put right by an adjustment to the clutch cable. If an adjustment will not solve the problem, you may need a replacement clutch plate, or some other worn parts replacing. If a more major issue has developed, then a clutch replacement may be required.

You can trust your local AutoMend clutch repair expert to make an informed judgement on whether you need an adjustment, a repair or a full clutch replacement.

What does it cost to repair or replace a clutch?

This is a question that we often get asked, and it is one of the hardest ones to answer. Clutch repair and replacement costs vary from one vehicle to another, based on a number of factors.

One of the major factors is labour costs. Some vehicle designs make access to the clutch very difficult and time-consuming. This means that there is a great deal of variation in the amount of time it takes to access or remove damaged parts, and then to fit new ones.

Another factor is the cost of the replacement parts themselves, which can show a tremendous amount of variation, even within a single manufacturer’s cars or vans. Rather than quote average prices and give potentially inaccurate figures, we prefer to give you direct access to our network of 9000+ garages and mobile mechanics. They are in a much better position to quote you their best price for your clutch repair or clutch replacement. You can then choose the one you like the best.

How can AutoMend help me?

AutoMend consists of a UK-wide network of van and car garages, plus mobile mechanics, all of whom are experienced in all aspects of vehicle repairs and maintenance services. When you ask for a quote for a clutch repair or a clutch replacement, you can be sure of getting responses from some of the best professionals in the business.

The quote process is simplicity itself, and because you deal directly with the garage or mechanic, you can be sure that what you’re a re quoted is what the cost will be. The quote service is free to use, no-obligation, and there are no hidden extra costs to worry about.

You can get quotes from a single garage or get yourself multiple quotes to give you a wider choice. AutoMend saves you the time and effort you would have needed to waste in phoning around multiple garages to get a series of quotes to compare. The choice of who does your clutch repair, and when, is entirely yours – you choose the option that best fits your own circumstances.

AutoMend network members are all highly experienced, industry approved and trusted mechanics. If you put your clutch replacement in the hands of one of our members you can be confident they will deliver the quality of service you need at a price you will be happy to pay.