Toyota Echo Parts - Clutch Parts

Clutch Toyota Echo Parts

Being one of the most important parts of a stick-shift or manual transmission vehicle, a clutch is what engages (or disengages) the car's gears. When not in top-notch condition, a failing clutch can chew up a flywheel, damage a car's transmission, fail to move a vehicle, or worse, fail to stop a moving vehicle. This article describes the symptoms of a failing clutch and then points to specific Toyota Echo parts that will help correct the problem.

A No Release Clutch

If you discover that after pressing the clutch to the floor, the shift lever fails to release, there could be a leak in the clutch hydraulic system. This situation warrants a closer look at the master cylinder and slave cylinder lines. But if nothing seems wrong there, then take a look at the clutch plate and see if it's warped or otherwise damaged. A worn or dry clutch release shaft bushing could also provide an answer if none of the above explains the clutch release problem.

A Slipping Clutch

A slipping clutch is evident when engine speed increases but the actual vehicle doesn't. A damaged or unseated clutch plate is one of several Toyota Echo parts that contributes to this problem, so look for a clutch plate lining that's severely worn or soaked with oil. If it isn't, check it's seating. Clutch plates aren't properly seated until after thirty or forty normal starts. But if the seating seems fine and there's no evident problem with the clutch's lining, the clutch's linkage may be out of adjustment.

A Grabbing Clutch

There are a few Toyota Echo parts that may contribute to a clutch's tendency to "grab" or "chatter" when it's engaged -- one being an oily clutch plate lining. Fixing this problem is a simple matter of repairing the source of the oil leak, however worn or loose engine and transaxle mounts will cause the clutch to grab as well. Further investigation may reveal worn splines on the clutch plate hub, a warped flywheel or pressure plate, or a weak diaphragm spring. In the latter case, a weak diaphragm spring permits the pressure plate to bounce when the clutch is engaged, thus causing the "chatter" that you hear.

A Squealing Clutch

If you hear squealing or you feel a rumble when the clutch is fully disengaged, you might be facing a damaged release bearing or broken pressure plate springs.

Clutch Repair

Hopefully by now, you have identified what's causing your clutch troubles and discovered the appropriate parts needed to transform your ride into a smooth driving experience. Compared to many other car problems, resolving clutch issues is relatively simple since their troubles are restricted to a few clutch-specific components.

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