The clutch is a vital part of your car’s working machinery, which is why we offer our expertise on both clutches and timing belts at our garage in Tamworth, Staffordshire.
In a car with a manual transmission, the clutch controls the connection between the shaft coming from the engine and the shafts that turn the wheels. The engine generates power all the time and has parts that are constantly rotating, however the wheels are not spinning constantly. To allow the car to both change speed and come to a complete stop without turning off the engine, the connection between the wheels and the engine needs to be temporarily broken.
There are two main parts to your clutch: the clutch plate and the flywheel. When your foot is not pressing down on the clutch pedal, there is a set of springs that keeps a pressure plate pushed up against the clutch plate. The pressure from the springs also pushes the clutch plate up against the flywheel. This connects the engine to the shaft, which transfers motion to the wheels and makes the 2 turn at the same time.
When your foot pushes down on the clutch pedal, you press down on a release fork, which, through a series of springs and pins, pulls the pressure plate away from the clutch plate. This breaks the connection between the rotating engine and the wheels, meaning that the wheels continue to spin but under their own momentum, not through the power of the engine. This design allows you to disengage the wheels from the engine in order to change gear, allowing drivers to have a great amount of control over the speed of their car.
If you notice any changes in how your clutch feels when changing gear, it is important to ensure it is checked by professionals as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to give us a call or stop by if you have any concerns. Our prices start from just £160 including the installation.
The timing belt, or cambelt, is another vital part of your engine. It helps to ensure that the engine’s valves open and close at the right time during each cylinder’s intake and exhaust strokes. You must make it your priority to visit us if you have any issues with your timing belt, as one small issue could lead to a huge problem in the future. This also applies to your brakes. Our prices start from just £150 including the installation.