Common Problems in Ford Manual Clutch Systems
Your manual clutch typically gives you plenty of hints that it’s time for either repairs or replacement.
Trouble Getting into Gear
A healthy manual clutch will allow you to slide through the gears like a knife through butter. If there’s shaking or you’re having to use brute force to engage a gear you may need to replace your manual clutch. Typically, trouble starts with reverse or first gear, so be aware when shifting.
Slipping Out of Gear
Get your clutch checked and repaired if you experience the reverse of the above problem. Slipping out of gear can happen when powering up hills or rapidly accelerating, anything that gives your vehicle reason to work hard. If it happens frequently or is accompanied by jerking, come see us.
Burning Rubber Smell
If the clutch plate becomes overheated, usually do to riding the clutch, you’ll notice a distinct burning rubber smell and even a bit of smoke coming from underneath your Ford vehicle. Even without the smoke, this is not an issue to ignore, so give us a call or stop by for an inspection.
Physical Clutch Damage
If you know your way around your car or truck, open up the housing cover and visually inspect the clutch and its components. Light black dust is nothing to worry about, but real signs of trouble should be pretty obvious – gouges, scratches, missing or loose pieces and any other physical damage.