Batteries & Clutches in Brislington, Bristol
When you turn the key to start your car, the battery supplies power to the starter motor, which turns the engine over. At the same time, power from the battery is supplied to the spark plugs in order to ignite the fuel and air mixture that has been compressed in the engine combustion cylinders.
In the simplest application, clutches connect and disconnect two rotating shafts (drive shafts or line shafts). In these devices, one shaft is typically attached to an engine or other power unit (the driving member) while the other shaft (the driven member) provides output power for work. While typically the motions involved are rotary, linear clutches are also possible.
"Is my Battery healthy??"
If your car struggles to start when cold, this could be an indicator of a worn/faulty battery.
After initial start
The battery power used during the starting up process is then replaced by the alternator, which supplies the bulk of electrical current to your car's electrical systems, keeping your battery fully charged.
The battery strength or cranking ampage is generally affected by the amount of work it does and the conditions in which it has to work. What's more, the growth of in-car technology such as air conditioning, digital music players, satellite navigation systems and other electronic gadgetry are placing greater strain on your car's battery. All of these increase the demand on your car's battery and charging system which can lead to premature battery failure. Consequently more frequent checks are recommended so that your car battery maintains its optimum working level.
Regular battery checks can help identify and prevent premature battery failure, which can result in a vehicle breakdown at the most inconvenient time.
Signs of a worn Clutch
If your clutch is slipping enough, it may not simply stop at slow acceleration and high RPMs. The improper connection between the disc and the flywheel could cause a burning smell. This is a sign that your clutch needs immediate replacement. If you've let your clutch get to the point where you smell a strong burning scent, other parts of your vehicle may need to be repaired or replaced, as well.
Revving & Acceleration Don't Match Up
If you step on the gas and notice that your engine is revving, but the acceleration doesn't match, your clutch may be slipping. This is often due to a worn-out clutch disc, which means that it won't connect to the flywheel and pressure plate nearly as well. The result is that power from the engine won't be transferred to the transmission (and then the wheels) as effectively, so your engine will work hard for little output.
A grinding sound when you shift gears is never a good sign. It's not always due to problems with the clutch itself, and it may simply be because you didn't fully engage the clutch. However, a grinding sound could be due to a dragging clutch. This means that the clutch isn't fully releasing, which can cause damage to the system. There are other noises that you should be careful of, as well. If you press the clutch pedal and hear a squealing noise, the release bearing or pilot bearing may be to blame. Finding the source of a particular noise is tricky work, but any unusual noise deserves to be investigated.
Pedal feels "Wrong"
Sounds aren't the only thing you should be aware of. In addition to knowing what your Vehicle should sound like, you'll know what the clutch pedal should feel like. If it begins to feel different, the clutch may be in trouble. A soft or "spongy" feel may indicate that the system has air in it, but there are other ways a clutch pedal could feel off, as well. You know better than anyone what yours should feel like, so it's best to bring it in for inspection if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
Difficult Gear Changes
If you're able to push your clutch pedal down, but actually shifting into a gear is difficult, it may be due to low hydraulic fluid levels. However, this isn't the only possible reason; it could also be due to a bad clutch linkage. This problem can happen when you try to shift into first, but it could also be a problem when you're trying to switch gears while driving.
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