Clutch Repair & Service in Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Most drivers probably associate a ‘clutch’ with manual transmission cars, but the clutch is present in automatic transmission vehicles as well. These days, clutches can last for many miles in normal driving conditions. Clutches on trucks that regularly carry heavy loads, however, can wear out much faster. If you’re concerned about the condition of your car or truck’s clutch, the team at Brad Holtkamp Automotive Inc is here to help!
How does a clutch work?
Most drivers probably associate a ‘clutch’ with manual transmission cars, but the clutch is present in automatic transmission vehicles as well. A clutch is needed in order to stop the wheels of your car from turning without killing your engine. The clutch allows your car to smoothly engage a spinning engine to a non-spinning transmission by controlling the slippage between them.
A clutch works because of the friction between a clutch plate and a flywheel. The flywheel connects to the engine, and the clutch plate connects to the transmission. When your foot is off the pedal, springs push the pressure plate against the clutch disc, which in turn presses against the flywheel. This locks the engine to the transmission input shaft, causing them to spin at the same speed. When you press the clutch pedal to change gears, the pressure plate pulls back from the clutch plate, which then disconnects from the flywheel. If one or more of these parts is damaged or worn out, your clutch will not work properly. Let our professional team at Brad Holtkamp Automotive Inc identify what the issue with your clutch is and repair it as efficiently as possible.
How do I know if my vehicle needs a clutch repair?
If your clutch is worn out or broken, you may require a clutch replacement. Some symptoms of a broken or worn-out clutch include:
- Strange noises when the clutch pedal is pressed: If you hear grinding noises when you press your clutch pedal, this indicates the clutch is faulty or damaged or there is a low level of fluid in your vehicle.
- The clutch feels soft while pressing: Because the clutch assembly is heavy, it should require some force to press the clutch pedal. If it is easier than usual to press the clutch pedal, there is an issue with your clutch.
- The clutch feels like it’s slipping: If the clutch fails to engage even when the pedal is pressed fully, there is a problem. You may notice that the engine RPM is rising but the car is not going any faster. If you continue to press the clutch with no result, the other parts of your engine can overheat, causing more significant damage.
- The clutch pedal feels hard: If the pedal feels hard and you have a hard time shifting gears, there is likely a problem with your vehicle’s hydraulic system.
If these symptoms feel familiar to you, it is best to bring your car to a technician who can run a diagnostic test and efficiently make the pertinent repairs.
Your Reliable Shop for Clutch Repair
We’ve been serving Mount Pleasant, Winfield, Salem, New London, Fort Madison and surrounding areas since 1996! Our expertly trained technicians and owner, Brad Holtkamp, are extremely knowledgeable on many makes and models. We’re committed to providing thorough, high-quality service that will get you back on the road as soon as possible.
Here are just a few reasons our customers love us!
- Locally owned and operated since 1996
- Only OEM and OEM-approved parts/components
- Local Shuttle Service
- We have excellent reviews based on feedback from hundreds of satisfied customers.
- Free WiFi, refreshments, and child-friendly waiting area
If you are in the 52641 area or nearby, we’d love to see you stop by. Feel free to schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 319-986-5193 today!