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In cars with manual gearboxes and in transmission shops, the clutch is a primary component. The clutch transfers power from the engine to the transmission, and it interrupts power as gears are changed. Most automobiles use friction clutches operated by cables or by hydraulic fluid, and the clutch is always engaged while the car is moving. A pressure plate fastened to the flywheel exerts force on a driven plate, which in turn runs on an input shaft that goes to the gearbox. When the clutch isn�t engaged, the outer pressure plate no longer holds the drive plate to the flywheel. Here, you will learn about the various parts of an automotive clutch and how they relate to transmission repair denver co.

Diaphragm Springs

Most modern automobiles use diaphragm springs to exert force on the drive plate. Where the release bearing is pushed against the center of the diaphragm spring, pressure is stopped and the flywheel and drive plate don�t touch. As the clutch is released, the bearing is removed and the diaphragm spring again presses the drive plate to the flywheel and power transfer resumes.

Some cars have hydraulic clutches � pressing on the clutch pedal turns on a piston within the master cylinder, which transfers pressure through a pipe filled with fluid to a clutch housing-mounted slave cylinder. In turn, the slave cylinder�s piston is linked to the clutch�s release arm. If you're having problems with your clutch, call for clutch replacement denver colorado.

Parts of Your Car�s Clutch

A modern automotive clutch has four parts � the cover plate (where the diaphragm spring is located), the drive plate, the pressure plate and the clutch release bearing. The cover plate is connected to the flywheel, and the drive plate is pressed upon by the pressure plate via the diaphragm spring. The drive plate runs on a shaft between the flywheel and pressure plate. The pressure plate commonly wears out, necessitating transmission service denver colorado.

The shaft is faced on either side with friction materials that grip the flywheel and pressure plate as the clutch is engaged, and it can go into a controlled slip when the pedal is pressed halfway. The clutch release bearing is pressed against the diaphragm spring, either by hydraulic force or by mechanical means, and the spring load is released which interrupts the transfer of power. Your car's clutch is designed for years of worry-free operation, but if you need service, call a local shop for transmission repair.

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