The life of the clutch largely depends on the driving style of the car owner or driver. What you do with your car is also important. If the car is often fully loaded and if you regularly hang a trailer or caravan behind the car, this will put extra stress on the coupling.
There is no light in the car indicating that your clutch is worn out. Symptoms that indicate a clutch needs to be replaced include an engine that revs without your car accelerating into gear. It is also recommended to visit the garage with a high-grip clutch pedal, a heavy clutch pedal or a difficult-shifting gearbox.
Tips and tricks
Modern clutch plates often last more than 200,000 to 300,000 kilometers before they need to be replaced. However, under heavy loads, it may have happened after several tens of thousands of kilometers. Replacing the clutch is an expensive repair. With these tips you can significantly extend the life of this wear-sensitive part.
No foot on clutch
Especially novice motorists tend to leave their feet on the clutch pedal for too long. Many are unsure about shifting and keep their foot on the clutch just in case they choose the wrong gear.
Unfortunately, this behavior is very bad for the link. It is advisable to depress the clutch pedal only briefly when absolutely necessary. Touching or lightly pressing the pedal already leads to higher wear and a shorter service life.
Bake in free
While waiting at a red traffic light or intersection, do you leave first gear engaged with your foot on the clutch? It is better to put the car in “free” and remove your foot from the clutch. You can use the parking brake to prevent the car from rolling. In this case, it is not the clutch itself, but the thrust bearing that is additionally loaded. Preventing a car from rolling away in front of a traffic light by half-engaging the clutch is completely out of the question.
Handbrake when parking
The clutch can wear even if the engine is not running. Many car owners put their car in first gear when parking their car. However, it is advisable to use the parking brake instead. As a result, the gearbox is not loaded.
If you see that you have to slow down soon, for example when approaching built-up areas, it may not be worth switching to a lower gear. Many motorists also brake with a manual gearbox “on the engine”. This puts extra stress on the bearings, which shortens the life of the components of your gearbox. So if you need to slow down, don’t use the engine brake, but the foot brake to lose speed.
No hand on gear lever
Also, try not to rest your hand on the shift lever. This innocent-looking operation can cause additional wear on the gearbox. By holding your hand on it, the gear shift fork of the bucket can press against rotating parts of the bucket – such as the so-called synchronous rings – with additional wear and tear.