Clutch Repair & Replacement in Wilmington, NC
Another common problem we deal with on a regular basis are clutches. Whether it is clutch repair or clutch replacement, Derham’s Alignment is your one-stop auto repair shop. Clutches, like so many other parts in a vehicle, wear out over time. The rate of clutch wear depends on several factors: personal driving style, geographic landscape in which you drive, road conditions and weather conditions. If your clutch has worn down to where it is no longer effective, your vehicle will require a clutch replacement.
Wilmington, NC Clutch Repair
Clutch repair is generally considered a clutch replacement because in most cases, the clutch can’t be repaired. However, there are certain circumstances in which you can repair, or adjust the clutch rather than having it replaced. In some cases, you may only need to have certain parts replaced, which may be a cheaper proposition.
A clutch adjustment may be all that is needed if you hear a grinding noise as you shift. This could simply be the clutch not completely disengaging from the the transmission. An adjustment to the clutch will not only fix the grinding noise, but prevent additional wear and tear on the clutch disc.
Wilmington NC Clutch Replacement
In many cases, it is necessary to replace the clutch altogether. Clutches have a usage life that depends on many factors. In near perfect conditions, you may expect a clutch to last 100,000 miles, but tough conditions can reduce this as low as 25,000 miles. There are many different components that make up your clutch. In some cases, clutch failure may be the result of one component failing or multiple components. Our experienced technicians can review and diagnose any clutch repair or replacement issue in the early stages to save you the most money possible and get your vehicle back to top performance.
How to Spot Clutch Problems
Problems with your clutch can produce symptoms with vehicle performance. For this reason, the longer you let the clutch problems linger, the more it can cost you. Here are a few signs that you may have problems with your vehicle’s clutch.
- Poor gas mileage
- Trouble climbing hills (having to downshift more)
- Engine revs up as you start to put the car into motion (or when you attempt to accelerate)
- The clutch feels still
- Clutch can no longer be adjusted to provide pedal slack
The cost to repair or replace your clutch will depend upon several variables. The extent of the problems and the type of vehicle will determine what is needed and the cost. Give us a call at 910-399-4442 or stop by our shop at 6609 Market Street in Wilmington, NC to let us take a look at your clutch and transmission.