How a Hydraulic Clutch System Works

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If your car transmission has a hydraulic clutch, chances are you’re wondering exactly how it works within your shifting system. Most clutches, especially on older vehicles, work by means of a cog system that changes the gears as you shift. With an automatic transmission, you don’t actually shift at all – the car does it for you.

The basics

Essentially, a clutch works by means of the gear shift lever or stick. You press the clutch down with your foot, and that causes the flywheel to move. This works with the pressure plate, disengaging the clutch disc and stopping the driveshaft from turning. The plate then releases, and re-engages in the gear you’ve selected.

Hydraulics

A hydraulic clutch works on the same basic principle, but it differs from its mechanical counterpart in that it has fewer components. This type of clutch has a reservoir containing hydraulic fluid, and when you push down on the clutch pedal, the fluid becomes pressurized. It works along with the clutch plate to disengage the gear you’re in, and engage the new gear.

Maintenance

It’s important to be sure your fluid is always adequate. In most vehicles, this isn’t a problem. It’s a closed system, so usually your fluid should last the life of the vehicle and never need to be changed. The exception to this, of course, is if you’re in the habit of driving a very old vehicle. Then, wear and tear can cause leaking, and you’ll need to top up the fluid. You don’t have to worry about buying anything fancy – simple brake fluid will do.

Problems

Your shifting system is, obviously, vital to the operation of your car. The hydraulic clutch is what delivers the gear changes, and if it’s not working you’re going to find yourself driving in one gear – not for long, though. You’ll have to get it checked out by a mechanic. To keep the hydraulic clutch problem-free, the best thing to do is avoid the practice known as “riding the clutch.” This means simply that you’ve developed the habit of constantly having your foot on the clutch pedal, raising it and lowering it as a means of regulating your speed. This is what your brakes are for! Properly cared for, your hydraulic clutch will last a long time.


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William

18 years of experience
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William
18 years of experience
Nissan 300ZX - Clutch is not working - Lehigh Acres, Florida
William carefully listened to my description of the issue, asked detailed questions, tested the operation of the clutch and determined the problem to be a worn clutch, not the slave cylinder as I suspected. He impressed me with his detailed description of the worn part involved, how it caused my car's symptoms, and why replacing the slave cylinder would not correct them.
Kia Rio - Clutch is not working - Naples, Florida
Very good service

Berchel

16 years of experience
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Berchel
16 years of experience
Chevrolet Cavalier - Clutch is not working - Baltimore, Maryland
100% Satisfied. I booked an inspection to have my brother's Chevy Cavalier checked out. His clutch system failed, rendering his car stranded in the parking lot of his apartment complex, in Baltimore City. My brother is a disabled vet, who lives independently, yet relies heavily upon family to help him. We live in Frederick, MD. For a month, we racked our brains, trying to figure out how to get his car from Baltimoret to our local garage without spending a fortune. Low and behold, I found Your Mechanic and Berchel came to our rescue! Berchel had a prior cancellation and contacted me 3 hours ahead of our scheduled appointment to inquire if we could meet sooner. When told, my brother's were still in Frederick and had to drive to Baltimore to meet him, he agreed to stay in the area and patiently wait for their arrival. In the interim, he had gone to the address where the car was located. My brother's were impressed by Berchel's friendly personality, excellent customer services skills, automotive knowledge, mechanical skills and ability to quickly diagnose the clutch malfunction and problem solve to make it temporarily drivable. Berchel explained everything he was doing, why he was doing it as, he checked the car. He was thorough, knowledgeable, honest and upfront. With his expertise, Berchel managed to get the clutch to function, so my brother COULD drive his Chevy Cavalier, from Baltimore to Frederick, for repair at our local garage. We are so grateful and appreciative. He is a top notch mechanic and wonderful human being!! Thank you, Berchel. 

Edmar

20 years of experience
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Edmar
20 years of experience
Mazda 6 - Clutch is not working Inspection - Frisco, Texas
He is efficient, knowledgeable, kind and great at what he does. I am so impressed and pleased with my services. Thank you so much!

Scott

32 years of experience
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Scott
32 years of experience
Subaru Outback - Clutch is not working - Denver, Colorado
Scott was very thorough with his work on my Subaru, communicated effectively to coordinate my appointment, and provided excellent recommendations for further services to resolve my problem (which ended up being more of a problem than initially anticipated). Very helpful and friendly, and I would highly recommend!

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