How to Tell If a Clutch Needs to Be Replaced

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    • 1). Asses the "feel" of the clutch. Clutches tend to feel different when they need to be replaced. Bad clutches often feel softer and can be described as "mushy."

    • 2). See if the clutch is releasing late. After driving a car for a while you'll get the feel of where the clutch release point is. A bad clutch will release when the pedal is almost completely released.

    • 3). Smell under the hood. Clutches that need to be replaced have a burnt smell.

    • 4). Watch for smoke. When you see smoke coming from under the hood and the transmission is acting funny your clutch is probably ready to be replaced.

    • 5). Consult a mechanic. A good mechanic will know right away if a clutch needs to be replaced.

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