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Hello, my name is Walter. Over the past few months, I have been working on my car. I never used to think much about my car. I would just jump into it and hit the road. Things were fine at first, but soon I realised that things were starting to go wrong. Strange white smoke started to appear from the exhaust. Sometimes when I changed gear, I could hear a strange noise. Foolishly, I ignored all of this until my car broke down. When I got to the auto repair shop the mechanic repaired my car and then gave it a full service. As he did so, I began my auto servicing education.



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How to Figure out What's Wrong When Your Clutch Starts to Play up

by Margie White

When your car starts to play up, you'd better sit up and take notice. These early warning signs should prompt you to take action before it's too late. If you don't, the vehicle may fail and leave you stranded by the roadside. You don't have to be an expert car mechanic to figure out that things are starting to go wrong, and if you sense that there may be an issue with your clutch, what should you be focusing on right now?


Your engine generates a considerable amount of power that has to be converted into forward motion for the vehicle to move. Also, the car has to have a way of converting its power properly based on the road conditions ahead. This is where the gearbox comes into play, as it provides the right amount of propulsion for the speed of the car. The clutch is the gadget that connects the engine and gearbox selectively, under different speeds and road conditions. It's a vital component, comes under a lot of pressure and needs to function correctly for proper performance.

Burning Smell

You may feel as if the car is having difficulty moving forward, and you may notice a burning smell or even some smoke emanating from underneath the car. Do you have a habit of resting your left foot on the clutch pedal when you're driving in slow traffic? This could be the outcome.

Jumping Out Of Gear

Sometimes, the car will jump out of gear for no reason at all when you're driving along the road. This could signify that oil is leaking from the back of the engine onto the clutch plate, causing the slippage. It could also be caused by general wear and tear and internal components that are reaching the end of their life.

Sticking Clutch

Occasionally, you may find that it is difficult to engage the clutch pedal. The hydraulic link may have failed, which means that you won't get the proper amount of pressure at the crucial time. See if there is enough clutch fluid in the reservoir, which is located underneath the bonnet. If this reservoir is empty, there is a leak somewhere in the system.


When driving uphill, you may notice that the sound of the engine seems to be a lot "higher" than it should be, according to the speed that you're travelling. This means that the clutch is slipping, because the plate is worn out and needs to be replaced.

If you've been able to pinpoint one of these problems, you will know where to look. Let your mechanic know as soon as possible, so that the corresponding part can be changed before it fails completely.