Is My Clutch Going Out? Here Are Signs That it Is!

If you drive a manual transmission, preventative clutch maintenance helps extend the life of the clutch. On average, a clutch will last as little as 30,000 miles or as long as 100,000 miles or more. It really depends on how well you take care of this manual transmission part and how you drive. Your clutch will give you signs that it is going out before it actually does. J&M Transmission & Auto Service lists those signs below.

Burning Odors

You may notice that your clutch smells hot. This usually smells like burning rubber. You will smell the odors every time you engage and disengage the clutch. This is a sign that the internal mechanisms have worn out and you may need to get a new clutch installed.

Gear Trouble

Another sign that your clutch is wearing down is difficulty changing gears. Your gear shifts should be smooth, especially after you get used to driving your manual transmission. If your vehicle is fighting to go into gear or fighting switching between gears, your clutch could be going bad.


Grinding noises also indicate that there is a problem with the clutch. It’s important to have these noises checked out right away, because the more you grind your gears the more chances you have of ruining your transmission.


Your vehicle might also hesitate if the clutch is going bad. When you press down on the accelerator, your vehicle may not go into gear and start moving right away. This, too, is a sign that your clutch needs to be serviced or replaced.

High Catch Point

After you get used to your clutch, you can find the catch point easily. As the clutch wears down, the catch point gets higher and higher. If you feel that you can’t find the catch point anymore, it could be a sign that your clutch is going bad.

High RPMs

Another sign that your clutch is going bad is higher RPMs. Quickly glance at the tachometer on your dashboard while you are driving to see where the RPMs are registered in each gear. If they are too high, it could be your clutch.

Pedal Sponginess

Finally, your clutch is definitely going bad if the pedal feels spongy, soft, or sinks to the floor without catching. Sometimes, adjusting the clutch can fix this problem. In most cases, however, the clutch will likely need to be replaced.

J&M Transmission & Auto Service in Tea, SD, would be happy to inspect your clutch and adjust it or replace it if necessary. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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