What is a car clutch?
The clutch is the link between the engine and the gearbox. As such it is located in the engine compartment.
A clutch kit
as sold on Mister-Auto.co.uk consists of three clutch parts: the clutch release bearing
, the discs and the pressure plates.
lasts about 62 000 miles in a petrol engine and 93 000 miles in a diesel engine. It wears more or less depending on your driving style and driving environment. If you drive a lot in town centres or have your car pull a caravan, your clutch will wear more quickly. If however, you drive predominantly on motorways, it will last longer.
Tips to delay your clutch replacement
- Don’t keep your clutch engaged when waiting for a red traffic light. This needlessly uses the pressure plates
and consequently the entire clutch system
- When driving, do not keep your foot on the clutch pedal. Even very light pressure onto the pedal uses the disc.
- Drive off smoothly
- Always drive off in first gear
Please note: when replacing your car clutch, at Mister-Auto.co.uk we recommend you change all three parts listed above (the pressure plates, the release bearing and the clutch disc
) at the same time to ensure even use.