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Phillips of Wormley

Petworth Road, Wormley

Godalming, Surrey, GU8 5TU

Tel: 01428 682104

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For all your car servicing needs, come to your friendly local garage where you come first’

Clutch Replacement and Faults  

We replace clutches, flywheels and clutch hydraulic at Phillips of Wormley

Below are the common clutch symptoms that you could experience when having trouble with your clutch. If you experience any of them below bring your vehicle in and one of our mechanics will be able to check out the problem and advise you.

Symptoms: Severe low frequency vibration
Cause: Loose or worn engine mountings, misalignment of engine to gearbox, uneven operation of clutch arm, oil contaminated facings, defective pressure plate, defective driven plate, scored or glazed flywheel, worn spigot bearing

Clutch Drag
Symptoms: Difficulty in engaging first gear from neutral without making noise, jolt when changing gear with the vehicle in motion, vehicle moves when pedal is fully depressed
Cause: Incorrect clutch adjustments or lack of fluid in the hydraulic operating system, worn hydraulic system, defective driven plate, buckled plate or seizure on spines, seized spigot bearing or worn spigot, oil contaminated facings

Symptoms: Engine accelerates without giving a corresponding increase in vehicle speed, burning smells, vehicle will not drive up steep hills
Cause: Incorrect clutch adjustments, partial seizure of linkage or fouling of pedal preventing the full return of the linkage, worn clutch facings, oil contaminated facings, defective pressure plate and/or broken springs, partially seized mechanism

Symptoms: A sudden move off of the vehicle though the pedal is gradually released
Cause: Partial seizure of linkage or fouling of pedal preventing the full return of the linkage, uneven operation of the clutch arm, worn hydraulic system, oil contaminated driven plate, misalignment of engine to gearbox, worn spigot bearing

Flywheels and Dual Mass Flywheels


The flywheel is a metal disc which is fitted directly onto the crankshaft between the engine and the clutch. Its purpose is to help provide a smooth transfer of power from the engine to the drive train. In essence, the flywheel gives your vehicle enhanced momentum and a smoother driving experience.

Indications of a worn flywheel are: Visible grooves or Visible glazing and/or cracks

Whenever a clutch is renewed, your flywheel will be inspected and either skimmed or replaced if necessary.

Dual Mass Flywheels
Most new vehicles now come fitted with dual mass flywheels. These type of flywheels allow for an enhanced performance in the vehicles drive ability and makes for a smoother gear change

A worn dual mass flywheel will affect the performance and efficiency of the new clutch and almost certainly result in premature failure.

Indications of a worn dual mass flywheel are:

- Irregular noises, Vibration or Intermittent clutch slip