Clutch Repair 5 Nov 22

Clutch & Dual-Mass Flywheel (DMF) repairs

Usually, car owners have many questions about clutch and DMF. People often worry about the cost to replace the clutch and flywheel, as this is one of the bigger jobs carried on your car.

On this page, we will answer the most common questions:

  • Clutch replacement
    • What happens when your clutch fails whilst driving
    • How to tell if your clutch starts to wear out?
    • How to prevent clutch wear?
  • What is the Dual Mass Flywheel (DMF)?
    • Should DMF be replaced together with the clutch?
    • Can DMF be repaired?
    • What are the symptoms of DMF wear?

Clutch replacement

The clutch and Flywheel replacement price will depend on the model of your car.

The job involves disconnecting the gearbox from the engine, as both parts are located between them.

Depending on the car the labour can take 3 to 8 hours, the price will also depend on the components used. We always aim to perform the work on time to minimise the time your car is off-road.

The quickest way to get a quote for your car is to send us a quick message with the plate number and job description. You can reach us via a web chat, email or phone.

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Our experience with many aftermarket parts manufacturers can save you money as well. We can recommend spare parts that are a good value for money.

When the gearbox is already removed, we will inspect all exposed components for wear. Sometimes a simple repair like replacing the crankshaft seal, axles or C.V. joint can help you avoid a major expense in the future.

We will contact you before conducting any work to inform you about the condition of your car.

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Before starting any work, we will diagnose any other issues that can cause the problems.

Sometimes other things like problems with the hydraulic system can be the root cause. We will only do work that is needed.

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We offer affordable prices. We have experience with all car brands - Audi, Volkswagen, Skoda, Vauxhall, Mercedes, BMW, Ford, Toyota - you name it. We will provide all invoices needed to keep your warranty.

What happens when your clutch fails whilst driving?

The clutch connects the engine and gearbox. It transfers the mechanical power between them.

When you want to change the gear, It disconnects the two components and stops the flow of power.

If it breaks during driving your car will stop moving. This can cause a lot of problems and the need for recovery. This is why it's important to replace it on time.

How to tell if your clutch starts to wear out?

The easiest symptom to observe is that the car won't drive with a gear engaged.

You can spin the engine up to the high rpm but the car is either not moving at all or barely moving.

The clutch is a friction disk that should rotate without slipping during driving.

As the friction material gets worn the clutch pedal starts to engage the gear at a higher position. Eventually, the disk gets worn more and it starts to slip during normal driving.

You can observe it when your engine rpm meter shows higher values than usual, whilst driving at the same speed.

The car has difficulty accelerating and driving uphill. It may be also difficult to change gears.

How to prevent clutch wear?

The clutch wears mostly when the pedal is half depressed.

When you fully depress or release the clutch pedal, the car is either not moving or it's fully engaged.

Here are some tips:

  • Fully press and release the pedal as you change gears
  • Use a hand break to stay stationary on a hill
  • If you see traffic lights or traffic in front of you slow down in advance
  • Always use the first gear when starting to move your car.
  • When driving in traffic, try to wait until you can drive a long distance, rather than many starts and stops.
  • Change gears less frequently.
  • Whilst driving never rest your foot on the clutch pedal.
  • Service your car regularly.

What is the Dual Mass Flywheel (DMF)?

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Are you experiencing increased vibrations or a rattling noise while driving? It might be time to check your Dual Mass Flywheel (DMF).

DMF is dumping torsional vibrations between the engine and gearbox.

It works whenever your engine accelerates or changes rpm due to gear shifting. It protects the engine, gearbox and drivetrain components from rapid torque changes.

It also accumulates energy to help your engine spin more smoothly. Without it, the engine wouldn't work regularly. The RPM would go up and down, depending on if the combustion is just happening in one of the cylinders.

By reducing the torsional vibrations the DMF:

  • Protects the engine, gearbox and drivetrain components
  • Increases the lifespan and performance
  • Reduced vibration and noise
  • Smoother driving experience
  • Lowering the car maintenance expenses

Should DMF be replaced together with the clutch?

It's recommended to replace both components together to save money in the long run.
Both components are located in the space between the engine and the gearbox. The gearbox needs to be disconnected from the engine, so it makes sense to replace both at the same time. It will be much cheaper than replacing them separately.

Can DMF be repaired?

The dual-mass flywheel should be replaced with new components to protect your car. It needs to be balanced and have a long lifespan. Too fast wear of DMF can lead to faster damage of other components. Well-functioning DMF will protect your car and ensure smooth operation of your vehicle.

What are the symptoms of DMF wear?

If the DMF starts wearing out, more vibrations pass between the gearbox and the engine. This may cause a rattling noise and vibration may be felt via the clutch pedal. When the clutch pedal is fully depressed the vibrations should disappear.

If you have any questions or want to get a quote, reach out to us. We are available via webchat, email and phone.

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