Post on June 7, 2020 by ultimateauadmin
If you drive a Mini, you most likely have a manual transmission. For as long as Mini has been made, the manual transmission has been the standard option and the number one choice among buyers.
With manual transmissions, the clutch plays a crucial part in the overall function and drivability of your Mini. When the clutch begins to fail, you should have it inspected by a professional. The best time to have the clutch inspects and the reasons behind a failing clutch are outlined below.
The Function of the Clutch
The clutch is responsible for transferring power from the engine to the gearbox. This power is then used to interrupt the transmission so gear selection and changes can occur once the clutch has been engaged.
With the clutch engaged, the power from the engine is diverted long enough for the change to happen. This process occurs when you change from park to reverse and also from any of the numbered gears while you are driving.
Reasons Behind Clutch Failure
When the clutch begins to fail or has failed completely, you will know because it will feel different when you attempt to use it. You are in constant contact with the clutch every time you drive, so just by feeling, you will know when there is an issue with the clutch. When the clutch begins to function in a different way than accustomed, it is time to have the clutch inspected.
In addition to knowing when your clutch needs inspecting, it is helpful to know some of the reasons why the clutch failed in the first place. This way you will be more prepared when it comes to what part or parts need replacing.
Common Reasons for Clutch Failure
A common reason why your Mini is experiencing clutch failure is stretched or broken cables. The clutch has cables that run from pedals to linkages. When you step on the pedal, tension is created, the linkages are engaged, and the clutch is disengaged. This is what allows you to change gears. After you the new gear is engaged, you let go of the pedal and the tension on the cable is released. If the cables are stretched or completely broken, then the clutch will not properly engage and disengage.
Another reason for clutch failure in your Mini is leaking cylinders. The cylinders are responsible for lubricating the clutch and its components. The clutch needs this lubrication in order to build and maintain pressure. So if the cylinders are leaking fluid, this is less fluid that is reaching the clutch. Leading to the parts of the clutch rubbing roughly together and this can lead to a quicker wear.
A third common reason for clutch failure is worn out throwout bearings. Regardless of whether or not the clutch is engaged, the throwout bearings are always moving. When the clutch is engaged, it is their job to move the pressure plates away from the clutch disc so the power transfer from the engine to the transmission will stop. When the throwout bearings are worn out, they will not be able to maintain the necessary force that is required to move the pressure plate. Thus leading to an issue with the clutch.
The clutch may need to be replaced due to damaged pressure plates. The purpose of the pressure plates is to ensure that the clutch discs remain attached to the flywheel. Without a proper functioning pressure plate, the required pressure to keep the clutch disc and flywheel attached is not present. This will cause the clutch discs to spin freely which will lead to difficulty in shifting gears. With this issue, you will hear a squeaking or rattling sound every time you release the clutch.
Inspecting the Clutch at Ultimate European Repair
As you drive your Mini almost every day, you know how it is supposed to feel and operate. This is why when you notice a difference in clutch function, it is time to have it inspected.
The best garage for your Mini is Ultimate European Repair. We service BMW, Mini, VW, and Audi. We strive to provide all of our customers with a superior experience that can’t be found anywhere else. You can easily schedule an appointment with us because we are conveniently accessible from the areas of Goodyear, Buckeye, Avondale, Phoenix, and Peoria, AZ. We look forward to inspecting the clutch of your Mini and providing all your service and maintenance needs in the future. Call us today.
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