How To Break In A Clutch While Extending Its Lifespan

A Clutch

When using a clutch in breaking, you need to understand how it works and when to use this method of breaking. Most cars are equipped with a friction clutch which is operated by either hydraulic fluid or by a cable.

A clutch is responsible for engaging and disengaging power transmission from driving shaft to driven shaft. It also transmits engine power directly to the gearbox. The clutch is mainly used when changing gears in a manual car.

When the clutch is engaged, the car can move slowly due to the presence of friction linings on both sides of the input shaft. When the clutch is disengaged, clamping pressure is released when the release bearing is pushed towards the center of the diaphragm spring. At this point, you can change gears.

Major parts of a clutch include the cover plate, driven plate, pressure plate and the release bearing. The cover plate is well bolted to the flywheel. The pressure plate is responsible exerting pressure on the driven plate through coil springs or the diaphragm spring.

Do Not Ride The Clutch

The Clutch

Avoid placing your foot on your clutch for so long. The clutch should either be untouched or depressed all the way. Failure to do so leads wearing out of an expensive car part.

Do Not Use The Clutch To Prevent Your Car From Rolling Back While On A Hill

Instead of using the clutch to prevent your car from rolling while stopped on a hill use the handbrake until you engage the clutch. After engaging the clutch shift to first gear and get to about 3000RPM. Continue by releasing the clutch followed by the handbrake while bearing down on the throttle.

Don’t Maintain Full Tilt Drive When About To Stop

When slowing down such as on sight of a traffic sign, do so in advance. By doing so in advance, you might not even need to stop at all. This allows you to drop your clutch on the already idling engine thereby preventing clutch slippage.

Don’t Drive Off At A Very High Speed

Ensure that you keep the RPMs low as you start off from a stop. You can try doing it at 1100 RPM. Avoid slipping the clutch unnecessarily and prevent yourself from revving the engine.

Don’t Save Your Brakes With The Clutch

Repairing a clutch is quite costly when compared to repairing or replacing brake pads, therefore, use the clutch for its intended purpose. When downshifting, raise the car's RPM by engaging the throttle while you release the clutch. Ensure smoother downshifting to save your clutch for getting worn out.

In ensuring smoother downshifting, try using your heel on the brake pedal and your toe on the throttle at the same time. This method of downshifting isn’t quite easy.

It calls upon for practice. Ensure that you don’t apply this method while in traffic until you get experienced with your car's manual transmission.

Don’t Unnecessarily Shift Gears

Ensure that you don’t shift more than often when changing gears. It's alright to shifts directly from the first to the second gear but make sure you don’t do it unnecessarily. After shifting gears, release the throttle. Ensure that you don’t hold down the throttle when shifting gears.

Releasing the throttle once you are done with it guarantees a longer lifespan for your clutch. When starting out such as from a stop, make sure that you release the clutch smoothly as you apply just enough gas to get your car moving.

It is important to make sure that you don’t drag the clutch longer than necessary. When about to start out ensure that your clutch is properly adjusted. It is very risky to start out with a misadjusted clutch.

Change Gears Properly

It is important to remember where the biting point of the clutch is. This knowledge aids in reducing wear. The bite point refers to the place where clutch plates meet. Take time to understand how your car is designed since clamping points differ depending on car's model.

In case the clutch has reached its biting bite, release the clutch pedal to prevent causing unnecessary wearing out when clutch slippage occurs. In releasing the clutch pedal, do so in smoothly. Ensure that you release the clutch pedal not too slowly or too fast to prevent clutch slippage.

Break In A Clutch

A Clutch

It is important to take the time to allow the clutch to break properly. This extends its life span of your clutch. The clutch disk consists of high and low spots on situated on the disc plate. The glazing of the disc can occur when you get impatient and break in while the disc isn’t well seated.

Once the disc gets glazed, it gets so smooth that it loses its friction. When this happens, you will be forced to replace your disc for the clutch to operate properly. The glazing is irreversible hence the disc can’t be repaired leaving you with only the replacement remedy.

Ensure that you don’t hold on to the clutch any longer than necessary when you stop. Instead of doing that, have your car in neutral to avoid spoiling the bearing pressing against the clutch's pressure plate.

You can extend your clutch plate's life span when you smoothly and quickly disengage the clutch in a bid to make your car move forward. It isn’t as easy as it sounds but can be achieved through practice. When slipping the clutch, the disc may not glaze but overheating will be experienced.


In this article, I have included the precautions you need to take to ensure a longer life span for your car's clutch if followed to the latter. The key point is preventing the clutch from wearing out.

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