Your vehicle's clutch mechanism is responsible for shifting gears. Over time, the clutch system may begin to falter due to normal wear and tear. Although clutch problems can be quite serious, the good news is that they are not as expensive as having to deal with a completely malfunctioning transmission system. Knowing how to sport the symptoms of a compromised clutch mechanism makes you better placed at having the problem addressed before it gets the chance to escalate and affect other parts of the clutch mechanism. The following are some of the signs that your vehicle is in need of clutch repairs.
Your gears are shifting roughly
The process of changing gears is supposed to be done in smooth and fluid motions. In the event that you find your gears are giving you resistance when you are trying to shift them, chances are your clutch has started succumbing to wear and tear. In some cases, the difficulty in changing of gears may also be coupled with vibrations from your vehicle. The problem may also only present itself when you are shifting into first gear, so you would have to be keen to spot it. It would be prudent to have a mechanic diagnose the cause of the rough shifting and remedy it before you lose control of your vehicle's gears completely.
Your clutch is slipping
If you are accelerating and start to notice that your vehicle is losing power rather than gaining it, the problem could lie with the clutch system. This loss of power can also present itself when you are trying to navigate an incline and notice that you are not receiving the appropriate momentum from your vehicle. When your clutch has been compromised, it can cause your engine's rotations per minute (RPMs) to increase without it experiencing an increase in momentum. This slipping can also be accompanied with trouble when trying to disengage your gears.
Your clutch pedal starts to feel spongy
Typically, when you step down on a clutch pedal that is working at optimum, you should feel some resistance before it engages. Over time though, you may step down on your clutch pedal and find that it moves too easily into place. This engagement without any form of resistance could indicate that your clutch has worn out. It will typically feel spongy underfoot as it will not have any sturdiness to it. To remedy the problem, you would have to opt for clutch repairs to have the pedal replaced.