Clutch Repair

Everything wears out eventually, including your clutch. Under normal driving conditions your clutch should last between 120,000 and 160,000 KM, but if you often pull a trailer, go off-roading, or drive aggressively, you might need a replacement sooner. So the question is:

How do I know my clutch is the problem?

There are a few obvious signs that you need to have your clutch repaired or replaced:

  • Clutch Pedal Release

    Clutch pedal releases higher than normal

  • Slipping / Burning Smell

    Slipping and/or burning smell while accelerating from a stop

  • Grinding

    Grinding while trying to shift into different gears

  • Soft Clutch Pedal

    A soft or “mushy” clutch pedal

  • Clutch Hydraulic Fluid

    Possible clutch hydraulic fluid loss

I need a clutch replacement. What happens now?

The first step is to visit your nearest National Transmission location! Next, here's what the process typically looks like:


1. We rule out any oil contamination.

As oil contamination is one of the primary causes of clutch issues in vehicles with low mileage, we want to make sure that there are no leaks that would ruin a replacement clutch. 

  • If a leak is found, we fix it and continue with clutch replacement. 
  • If a leak isn’t found, we move on to examine the linkage adjustment.

2. We rule out clutch linkage issues.

Misaligned clutch linkage is the second cause of clutch issues in vehicles with low mileage. Whether your vehicle has an automatic linking mechanism or hydraulic linkages, there is a chance the linkage adjustment cable is too loose or too tight.

  • If that is the issue, we’ll fix it and your clutch should be back in working order.
  • If your linkage looks good, we’ll continue with clutch replacement.  

3. We examine the clutch itself.

After we have checked for oil contamination and clutch linkage issues, we are left with the clutch itself, including the pressure plate, clutch disk, bearings, flywheel, and any other hydraulic parts. Often the clutch disk, pressure plate, and bearings will need to be replaced, but the flywheel can be resurfaced to restore the friction surface. We make the best decision for your situation, and we work to make the repairs and replacement as quickly as possible. 

  • If there is an issue with any part of the clutch, we replace or repair the parts.
  • If the clutch looks to be in good shape, we’ll evaluate the rest of the clutch system.

And that's it!

If the clutch is the only problem, then you’re ready to go.

Here at National Transmission, we are dedicated to our customers in Alberta. If you’re having any issues with your clutch, schedule an appointment today and we will help you get back on the road.


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