Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Water in dry clutch system

asked by on

I need a mechanic to explain how water might enter into a dry clutch system and how it would eventually damage the clutch

If all the covers, plugs, and shields are in place, water in the clutch is usually not a problem. Some cars have their timing marks on the flywheel and the plugs get left out by somebody checking the timing, or sometimes a shield is left off of the bottom of the bell housing and that may allow water in, but short of driving through a big storm, water usually does not get into the clutch if all the parts are in place.

What does get in is humidity. If a car is parked for a long time in a humid environment, the flywheel may rust where the clutch disk is contacting it. This might "cement" the disk to the flywheel, causing a sticking condition that can sometimes be solved by jerking the car in gear, and in others it might require transmission removal.

In short,if all the parts are there, water shouldn’t be a problem on a car that is driven regularly.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Water in dry clutch system

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: wont start and we byassed the clutch saftey switch and it still wont start what next

Hey there. You have a starter relay on the left of the engine compartment that sends power to the starter solenoid when you go to crank it. This is the only part you have not changed. If you would like...

Q: My car is overheating and has a radiator leak

This can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning...

Q: clutch shifting not working

If the car is idling too fast it is getting excess air from some source. This called a vacuum leak. Usually a visual inspection will find a hose disconnected or deteriorated. Have a close look at the vacuum hose that...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.