How To Know When Your Clutch Needs Replacement

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When it comes to clutch replacement, the quicker this is resolved the better. The clutch is an especially important part of a manual vehicle. It is what allows you to stop your car without stalling the engine. Without it, you would be unable to change between gears, and emergency stops would be far more dangerous.

It is always wise to regularly book in car maintenance services, to know ahead if your car has any critical elements which need to be replaced. So how do you know when your car needs a clutch replacement and how much should a clutch replacement cost? Let’s get down to the basics on the most frequently asked questions regarding clutch replacement.

What are the signs that a clutch needs replacement?

The top signs that a new clutch is needed are as follows:

  • A crunching or high-pitched noise: when pressing the clutch pedal, if you hear a high-pitched or crunching noise then this is most likely associated with the clutch.
  • Difficulty in selecting or changing gears: shifting gears should be smooth and effortless. As it is one of the main purposes of a clutch, you can always tell if this has become tougher. If you are struggling to select or change gears, this is a strong indication your clutch needs replacement.
  • Poor acceleration when revving the engine: if you notice that your engine needs a high level of RPM’s to reach a speed, there is a chance your clutch is slipping. This can be checked easily in a car park by stopping your car when the engine is running and shifting the gears into second or third. If your car does not stall but the RPM’s are increasing and the vehicle does not move, then this is a slipping clutch.
  • A burning smell: a burning smell can be from a number of causes. Either way, it is never usually a good sign. However, if you are certain the smell is not coming from another system in the car, it could be that your clutch has a problem.
  • Increasingly higher biting point: biting points on each vehicle will vary, but each driver will intuitively know what the biting point for their clutch is. If this seems to get higher suddenly or gradually over time, there is a chance your clutch is failing.

With any of the above signs, it is always best to seek advice from a professional automotive business.  At DCM Tyres we can determine the severity of your clutch issue and recommend whether a clutch replacement is necessary. If you are unsure or need a diagnostic of a potential clutch problem, just give us a call and we can book you in for a car diagnostic or check.

How often should a clutch be replaced?

Similarly to knowing how often to change your car tyres, the answer can vary from car to car. There is no definitive answer, as this depends on the vehicle and the users driving style. Often, clutches last for at least 60,000 miles before they start to wear and tear and need to be replaced.

How much should a clutch replacement cost?

Although a clutch replacement is not a frequent investment and more of a one-off, it can be expensive to replace. According to reliable sources, the average clutch replacement cost in the UK in 2020 is £454.55. The reason why a clutch replacement cost can be expensive is because the engine or gearbox need to be removed in order to have access to where the clutch is placed. It can take a long time just removing and reassembling the car, which as a result, makes reinstalling a new clutch more costly.

At DCM Tyres, we offer a range of car maintenance services which include clutch replacement. If you have noticed any of the warning signs stated above, get in touch with your local DCM Tyres team in Shaftesbury, Blandford or Sturminster Newton and we will be more than happy to help. Contact us today by calling your nearest local branch or emailing

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