The work of a clutch is to link your vehicle’s engine to its transmission. The engine always runs even when the wheels are stationary. It’s the clutch’s job to both link and separate them.
The engine’s flywheel is what enables the clutch to connect to your engine. What normally happens is, when the clutch is engaged (meaning there’s no pressure applied on the clutch pedal), powerful springs force the clutch disk against the flywheel. Friction then forms between the two parts and thus the engine’s motion is directed to the transmission.
When the clutch pedal is pressed, the springs that hold the clutch disk against the flywheel relax. Since the clutch disk isn’t held in place, it loses contact and stops spinning thus breaking the linkage.
So, How Much Does a Clutch Replacement Cost?
On average, it costs between $1000 and $1400 to replace a truck’s clutch. Labor cost for clutch replacement will cost you anywhere between $600 to $700. The tools used during the replacement will cost anywhere between $800 to $980. It’s extremely important to first request an estimate from your mechanic before you even make any payments. Ensure you carefully review it so as to know all the work he intends to do on your truck early on.
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How Long Does a Clutch Last?
A clutch can last for at least 50,000 miles when operated normally. It’s however not uncommon to find clutches that last 80,000 to 100,000 miles nowadays, especially in newer cars.
Why is a Truck’s Clutch Expensive to Replace?
Replacing a truck’s clutch may seem expensive, and that’s because it’s labor intensive. The process requires the transmission and the engine to be separated from each other. The mechanic will have to remove many engine and drivetrain components in order to remove the transmission. Once the components have been removed, replacing the clutch is not too difficult nor time consuming. Most of the labor and time is normally spent in removing and reinstalling the transmission.
Now that you’ve learned about how much it is to replace a clutch, you may be wondering how to lower the replacement cost of your truck’s clutch. Well, it starts with maintaining your truck. A well maintained truck reduces the chances of clutch damages. Also, make sure you repair a damaged clutch as soon as you detect problems, before the problems get worse. Using a high quality clutch will also help lower the chances of errors and reduce the overall cost of repairs. If you’d like your truck’s clutch repaired or you have any questions regarding truck and trailer repair in Gainesville, GA, get in touch with Road Rescue, Inc today.