If you’re a regular reader of this website, you know that in a while we have been informing about bad habits when it comes to properly use the clutch and disproving some myth associated with this system, all with the aim of you can prevent or delay the most of having to go through the workshop.

But as you know, a car is nothing more than the result of the assembly of a host of mechanical parts that work together, all of which are subject to wear. Hence, depending on the good use we give, our clutch end up breaking later or later and we will change it. Fortunately, the operating mechanism of a car is a lot like the human body, and like we have a disease when it manifests itself through certain symptoms, a vehicle is the same.

So then we will inform you about the various types of symptoms that can perceive related to the clutch system and what they mean, this way you can detect a possible failure of the system in time to avoid a major upset.

If there is no chance that the clutch to cool, it can ruin the flywheel

And likewise, in the same way that the attending physician has some tools to detect the disease we suffer through the symptoms also show you an easy way to discover if your car suffers from a disease of the clutch system.


It occurs when the engine’s revs but the car does not win the speed it should according to that rate of climb. As the saying goes, what happens is that the clutch slips, so although the engine increase its rate of rotation, not reach this speed transmission and drive does not increase your speed.

This situation is especially noticeable in places where demand extra power, as an advancement or a raise, and reflects the longer the go and step on the gas pedal. So as soon as you detect this symptom, to get to a shop, you have to drive smoothly, without abusing the throttle, less than 100 Km / h if possible, to prevent accelerated wear and making accelerations with care; better late in our car to not accelerate accelerate.

Burning smell

not reach this speed transmission and drive does not increase your speed
When the temperature rises too clutch, either by driving aggressively or leave the foot on the pedal, the coatings can overheat and catch fire, emitting a peculiar odor. If there is no chance that the clutch to cool, it can ruin the flywheel and / or pressure plate.


A strange noise is the bane of every driver, even if we have no idea where you can come and if it is related to a possible breakdown of importance. The clutch is no exception, and this can tell us a bug depending on the type of noise that transmits:

Sound of friction when embragamos: may mean that the transmission control is not adjusted properly or has not been properly installed.

Birdie to keep foot on clutch: if it comes to a crunch, most likely concerned the ball joint wear the clutch fork, while if it is a sound similar to that produced by a cricket, is wearing Excess thrust bearing.

Noise increases slowly depress the pedal: also detects the go or parked at low speeds in reverse and usually indicates the need to replace the collar.

Noise in neutral: usually disappears when slowly step on the clutch pedal without accelerating. This is probably also the case of a deterioration of the clutch fork.

Inability to disengage the clutch after noisily: usually caused by always engaged at very high speeds, which wears the damping of the disc to be completely destroyed.

Problems with the gearbox

a leak in the hydraulic clutch system or some mechanical linkage misadjusted
They also tend to have different causes and are obviously easily detectable because it would cost more than necessary gear is engaged and we want to change would be accompanied by an annoying noise. Usually the problem is derived from a leak in the hydraulic clutch system or some mechanical linkage misadjusted.

Test to see if our clutch is worn

Apart from all these symptoms that can manifest as a result of a clutch in poor condition, we have the possibility to check the status of our clutch through a simple test that will detail below.

With the car stopped and the parking brake set, we engage an intermediate or 4ª- -3ª up and we will gradually releasing the clutch while accelerated. If the car has taken a long time to stall, then it is bad sign and our Clutch is worn. Also consider that it is not advisable to abuse this test because you could damage the engine clutch flywheel due to overheating.

Final Conclusion

As you will have noticed, there are many symptoms that can tell us that our vehicle clutch is defective, being the worst thing in this type of repair it is advisable to replace the entire system instead of the failed part, because the cost of labor is high for the number of hours involved, so we will avoid returning to the studio in a long time.