What causes my clutch to slip?

The clutch is the part of your vehicle that connects two or more rotating shafts. It transfers rotational power from the engine to your wheels in manual cars. The clutch allows us to engage a spinning engine to a non-spinning transmission by controlling the slippage. When the clutch engages everything spins together. Once you press the clutch pedal the assembly disengages. So, what causes your clutch to slip?

Similar to braking systems, clutches use friction material on the clutch disc. Just like with brakes, over time this friction material wears off. So, unfortunately, most clutches will slip and need to be replaced eventually. When your clutch slips, it disengages and limited power is being transferred to your wheels to drive your vehicle forward. Wear and tear over a period of time isn’t the only factor that can cause your clutch to slip. Extreme heat damage, a disc covered in oil, or improper step and cup dimensions can all be the source of a slipping clutch. There are many variables that affect the life of your clutch, but you can expect one to last from 30,000 to 100,000 miles. To ensure your clutch is in great condition come to Ferber’s Tire and Auto for a proper vehicle inspection!